Carried by a women's team that continues to monopolize the top of the World Cup rankings, the Rossignol alpine ski team leaves with ambitions and motivation stronger than ever.
The preparation went very well for all the athletes who were able to follow quality training courses, both in physical preparation and on snow.
Petra Vlhova (SVK), Federica Brignone (ITA) and Tessa Worley (FRA) respectively holders of the Slalom, Super G and Giant globes accompanied by Katharina Liensberger (AUT) will be the spearheads of a women's team which have found again some skiers injured last winter. Kristin Lysdhal (NOR), Mélanie Meillard (SUI) or even Martina Peterlini (ITA) are back with a tenfold desire.
On the men's side, the team is very dense with a good number of athletes who can play for victory on each race.
We find among them, the Olympic silver medalist in Giant, Zan Kranjec (SLO), Loïc Meillard (SUI), Linus Strasser (GER), Ramon Zenhaeusern (SUI) or even River Radamus (USA), without forgetting the comeback of Thomas Dressen (GER) in Downhill and the stainless Christof Innerhofer (ITA). This team has been strengthened with the arrival of Mattia Casse (ITA), Jared Goldberg (USA) and the young Alban Elezi Cannaferina (FRA).
The world championships in Courchevel-Méribel in February will therefore be a high point of this season for all these skiers.
At the dawn of starting the last cycle of preparation, the state of the Rossignol troops is in good shape. Final adjustments on the summer competitions where our best athletes shone.
In biathlon, the Band of Heroes has become denser with the arrival of leading figures in the discipline. The two young Frenchmen Caroline Colombo (FRA) and Emilien Claude (FRA) will join in the battle for the first places along with Franziska Preuss (GER) and Stina Nilsson (SWE).
Dorothea Wierer (ITA), Emilien Jacquelin (FRA), Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet (FRA), Filip Fjeld Andersen (NOR) and all the others will try as always to be on the first position wether in the World Cup or in Oberhof for the World Championships.
In cross-country skiing, two newcomers Simen Myrhe (NOR) and Zak Ketterson (USA) have been added to the list of athletes each more successful than the other.
The 12 medals, including 4 gold at the last Olympiad, show the strength of this team which has the desire to bring back crystal and monopolize the podiums during the Planica World Championships.
Let's count on the Swedes Jonna Sundling, Emma Ribom, Calle Halfvarsson and Marcus Grate, the new father Federico Pellegrino (ITA) and our Norwegians Solas Taugboel Haavard and Paal Golberg stronger than ever.
Always at the top, Perrine Laffont (FRA) will try to bring home the big crystal globe again with the firm intention of hanging a world medal around her neck. And if it's gold, she won't hesitate.
For Benjamin Cavet (FRA), it is the same. After 2 silver medals at the world championships, the skier from Châtel will not miss a chance to bring back gold.
We wish good luck for this new season to all the Band of Heroes we will follow on the World Cup and the World Championships but also to all the other competitors, the young skiers, the coaches and technicians... Because we are looking for the same emotions and that we share the same passion for ski racing together.