Thursday the 20th of February, 11.47am in a bar in Val Thorens.
At least 150 people, parents, fan club members, friends, holidaymakers, all with their eyes fixed on the big screen, are awaiting local boy Jean-Fred Chapuis' final. The excitement is palpable...
The atmosphere has been building for days now... Posters are popping up everywhere and French flags are waving proudly from balconies! In just a few days, 3 of Val Thorens' own will launch themselves onto Sochi's slopes to compete for the Olympic Holy Grail.
Kitzbühel is the Mecca of Alpine skiing. It's where every skier dreams of triumphing one day.
On Saturday the 25th of January at almost 12.30pm, the best French downhill skier of the moment launched himself onto the fabled "Streif".
You've booked your ski holiday and you're already dreaming of racing down the pistes!
Whether you are a beginner, occasional or regular skier and even if high performance isn't right at the top of your list, here are a few tips on how to get into shape.
Hello my name is Kelly Sildaru, I'm 10 years old and I live in Tallinn.
I am in Val Thorens today because there is a competition.
I have been in Val Thorens few time before, the snow is really good here, mountains are very big and I like the snow-park.