Family name: Killy
Given name: Jean-Claude
Date and place of birth: 30 August 1943 in Saint-Cloud (France)
Olympic achievements: gold medals in the downhill, giant slalom and slalom (1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble)
It was wearing this helmet featuring the coat of arms of Val d’Isère, the ski resort where he grew up, that Jean-Claude Killy competed at the 1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble. And this was where he went from being an “ordinary” champion (he had just won 12 out of 16 World Cup races during the 1966 and 1967 seasons) to a skiing legend. He achieved this by winning the downhill, giant slalom and, after a memorable duel with Austria’s Karl Schranz, the slalom.
After ending his competition skiing days, Jean-Claude Killy successfully changed career. Among other things, he was co-President of the Organising Committee for the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, and has been an IOC member since 1995.