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Wonderful 5th place for Didier Défago

Riders in this news :  Didier DEFAGO  ; Leif Kristian HAUGEN


In spite of very difficult conditions, Didier Défago realized a huge performance during the Opening Giant Slalom of Sölden. 7th of the first run, he ends 5th and signs his second best results in this discipline. “It’s good for the confidence to begin the season like that”, said the Swiss after the race.

Note that Leif Kristian Haugen has signed one of the best place of his career after his 11th place in Alta Badia in 2010 : “It was a challenging race in Sölden yesterday. However I managed to fight myself down to a respectable 13th place in the season opener. Super pumped about that result. It's always good to start of the season with a good result under the belt, knowing that the job that has been put down over the last months have helped improve my skills on the slopes”, has explained the Norwegian. 

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VIDEO : Gagnon, Curtoni, Lindell Vikarby in the Top 10, Worley out

Riders in this news :  Irene CURTONI  ; Jessica LINDELL VIKARBY  ; Marie-Michele GAGNON  ; Tessa WORLEY

For the first Giant Slalom of the season, three Rossignol's girls finish in the Top 10 this Saturday in Sölden (Austria). In very bad conditions during the second run, Marie-Michele Gagnon ends 6th, Irene Curtoni 8th and Jessica Lindell Vikarby 9th. Second of the first run, Tessa Worley goes, unfortunately, out of the slope in the second run.

Listen the interview after the race of Gagnon and Curtoni!

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Death of the skiing legend Emile Allais


The Rossignol group would like to pay tribute to Émile Allais, who has died in his 101st year

A long and fruitful partnership

Born in February 1912 in the French town of Megève, Emile Allais was unanimously recognized as a pioneer and visionary in the world of skiing. His links with Rossignol are numerous and strongly forged.

In 1936, Emile Allais became the first athlete to be sponsored by Rossignol and France's first great skiing champion. In the year that skiing became an Olympic sport, Emile Allais won medals in both the Combined and Slalom events. In 1937, he went on to claim the first title in the history of French skiing, becoming a triple World Champion in Chamonix.

This marked the start of a long and fruitful partnership that would help to shape the brand's history and contribute to its success over the years.

Emile Allais contributed to the greatest innovations: solid wood skis, skis made from a series of wooden layers, flat skis, laminated and glued skis, followed by metal and fiberglass skis.

He applied his talent in both the Rossignol research and development laboratories and on the snow, developing many skis that went on to become legends, including the Olympic 41, the Metalais, the Strato (first fiberglass ski) and even the first metal ski, the Allais 60 which bears his name.

An exceptional destiny

Bruno Cercley, Chief Executive Officer of the Rossignol Group, said: "Emile Allais was a great designer and inspiration, setting an example extending beyond his sport. Emile and Rossignol's histories are closely intertwined. He was an avant-garde designer, an exceptional skier and a talented inventor. It is with much emotion and respect that we pay tribute to the memory of this great character who actively contributed to Rossignol's growth and the development of French skiing. His passing affects us all because he was part of our history. Our thoughts are above all with his family and those close to him".

In addition to his close partnership with Rossignol, Emile Allais led several lives, all connected to the great adventure of skiing. As well as being France's first qualified ski instructor, he was responsible for designing some major ski resorts in the United States and France.

A visionary, constructive, creative and passionate pioneer, Emile Allais explored the mountains of the world  on skis. In the eyes of Rossignol and all its employees, he will forever remain an example and symbol of passion


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VIDEO : Didier Défago visits Rossignol's factory!

Riders in this news :  Didier DEFAGO

Discover the ski's manufacture with Didier Défago, Downhill Olympic Champion, your guide in Rossignol's factory!

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Lara Gut, actress in the film Tutti Giu

Riders in this news :  Lara GUT

The film Tutti Giu will be in the silver screen from September, 7th in Tessin then in Swiss. The skier Lara Gut plays her first part in cinema. She incarnates Chiara, a young girl who doesn’t support her new life after big success in her sport.

Extrait du film TUTTI GIÙ de Niccolò Castelli, production Imagofilm Lugano. 

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