Chapuis takes cool approach
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - Jean-Frederic Chapuis casually thinks about becoming Olympic champion in Sochi next month.
The first Frenchman to be crowned ski cross world champion, Chapuis turned his sights towards the discipline after failing to make it to the highly competitive French Alpine skiing national team.
"What I liked in ski cross is the direct confrontation with your rivals," Chapuis, who made his World Cup debut in 2010, told Reuters.
"It also perfectly suits my instinctive side."
With four skiers starting from the same gate and extremely high chances of crashes, ski cross is rather unpredictable, but there is no result without hard work.
"It's just that the attitude is more easy going than in Alpine skiing. Otherwise there is at least as much training involved," the 24-year-old Chapuis explained.
Michel Lucatelli, the head of the French ski cross national team, said Chapuis had huge potential.
"He has good instincts, he's fast and technical on the skis," said Lucatelli. Continued...