Blaise Giezendanner – Professional skier
« Tailler les courbes et affoler les chronos »
Team France – Alpine Skiing – Downhill and Super-G
25 races FIS World Cup 2015-2016
2013 University Combined World Champion, Vice-Champion Downhill and Super-G
Born in 1991 in the mountainous Haute- Savoie region of France, Blaise had barely learned to walk when he first started sliding around on skis in Chamonix, his native village.
He soon joined the local ski club and made his debut in the Junior and Elite categories in regional and national competitions. From the outset, his potential was there, displaying a mix of pleasure, passion and professionalism, underscored with a burning ambition to be a downhill skier and join France’s national team.
The 2008 season saw Blaise participate in the FIS (International Ski Federation) European Cup races in downhill and Super-G categories, twice ending up on the winners’ podium. During the World University Championships 2013 in Trento, Italy, he took the title of Combined and Vice-World Champion titles in Downhill and Super–G (super-giant slalom). These achievements earned Blaise a place in the speed group of the French team, led by Adrien Theaux; in 2014 he joined the trials for the World Cup. The ten or so races that Blaise tackled at this level allowed him to figure among the 50 best downhill skiers in the world; his objective for 2016 is to climb into the Top Thirty.
His local high school, the Lycée Pôle France in Albertville allowed Blaise to combine studies and sports. After obtaining a Baccalaureate in Economics and Social Sciences, Blaise continued his education with a technical business skills diploma before continuing by distance learning, to obtaining a professional degree in marketing and business research.
Having this solid outlook meant Blaise was destined for a career in sports and had the foresight to even anticipate a professional career afterwards. He perceives the secret to his success so far has been in maintaining a strong mental outlook: “You have to have great mental strength to withstand the pressure of a season…Tackling slopes at over 150km/h in places, in snowy conditions, sometimes with poor visibility, requires you to take major risks. We must be aware of that and recognize that’s the hardest thing to keep up throughout the whole season. On the slope, its concentration that counts. Technique, instinct, the mind and sheer enjoyment do the rest!”
« I was attracted to Charriol watches as I knew the brand because people in my family wore it. I have since got closer to the Maison, discovering a team of professionals, watchmakers, and communicators who are part of a small, approachable team, and who are all passionate about what they do ! »
« In fact we all have passion in common – just like me on my skis, they are also looking for the best techniques, extreme accuracy and a certain flair. »
« I am currently wearing the latest timepiece for men, an automatic chronograph watch – the Gran Celtica SuperSportS. With its curved steel edges – a bit like the ones I have to carve in the snow, an automatic winding movement, an oscillating weight that you can actual feel on the wrist – its an object that is dynamic and feels ‘alive’ – it makes a strong impression. »
Events Calender 2015-2016 :
29 November : Lake Louise Canada 6 December : Beaver Creek USA
19 December : Val Gardena Italy 29 December : Santa Catarina Italy
10 January: St Anton Austria 17 January : Wengen Switzerland
24 January : Kitzbühel Austria 31 January : Garmisch Germany
7 February : Jeongseon Korea
14 February : Crans Montana Switzerland 20 February : Chamonix France
13 March : Kvitfjell Norway 20 March : St-Moritz Switzerland
About CHARRIOL Sports Sponsorship
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Today, Blaise Giezendanner joins Valentine Scuotto of the Megeve Ski Club (World Champion Cross-country skiing in 2003), and Loris Baz – another Haut-Savoyard, World Champion Superstock 600 and who now runs in the top category Moto-GP, Sébastien Chardonnet – World Champion Rally WRC3 and other seasoned sportsmen such as Christophe Bouchut – multiple race car champion (sole winner of the three most prestigious endurance races: 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Daytona).
Philippe Charriol, himself a racing driver for 18 years – GT3 Champion of France in 1997 driving a Venturi 400 (later driving a Lamborghini Diablo SVR and GT, a Corvette Z6 and finally the CHARRIOL SF10), finds in these young talents the qualities that allowed him to juggle his career and passion for motor sports. As he explains: “My competitions on the European circuits taught me two important lessons: the first is that you race to win, the second is that nothing should ever distract you from your goals”. He continues: “Passion, ambition, will and endurance – we all have that in common.”