Alexis Pinturault without a medal at the Beijing Olympics: “Recover psychologically from all these years”

Alexis Pinturault (eliminated with the Blues in the quarter-finals of the team event): “The team event is special, there are a lot of things that can come into play, even more so today (Sunday) with the wind. I think we gave the best. Maybe there could have been better strategic choices but in any case it was rather tight. If we have to talk individually, I have a very good run, after that we can’t blame anyone. Frankly, two hundredths goes one way or the other. My Olympics? Well they’re not terrible (to smile).

“I need to find the motivation, the desire, and I can’t say when I’ll be back on skis this summer. I really want to give myself time. »

It was the individual observation that I made after the slalom, it does not change, even if there was a medal today (Sunday) the individual observation remained the same, I spoke a lot with the coaches and I told you a lot about it: for me what is clear is that I will really have to take time for myself to recover psychologically from all these years, where I feel like I came home tired in this year.

I have to find the motivation, the desire, and I can’t say when I’ll be back on skis this summer. I really want to give myself time, in the same way I don’t know when I will start physical training again. I will have to go back when I have the desire and the motivation, and not before, because I am really in this phase where I need to take time vis-à-vis myself.

Will I be at the 2026 Olympics? I need time to reflect on all of this and maybe at the end of this reflection and at the end of the summer, I will be able to say for how long I really have want to leave. Maybe conversely, I’ll take it year after year and make a big point at the end of each season. Right now, I’m not able to say if I’ll be seen at Milan-Cortina in 2026: in any case, I’ll still be old enough to potentially be there (34 years old), but after that there are a lot of things that, mentally and physically, have to fit together for me to get this far. »

“The blue track was faster, but there are four runs, everyone has the same number of passes in each track. »

Mathieu Faivre “The morning was windy and cold (laughs). I think it’s relatively frustrating. We were keen to do something beautiful together, we had already succeeded in doing it in the past at the World Championships. A medal would have been a fair return for Tessa, Alexis, Coralie and all the management. But that’s the harsh law of sport. It does very little.

For my part, there is a small error on the bottom which costs me a little time, and we could have won the round. Two hundredths is so nothing that it could have gone one way or the other. The blue track was faster, but there are four runs, everyone has the same number of passes in each track. We tried to give the best of ourselves. With the postponement, we had to stay another night, redo a preparation, etc. We all stayed mobilized, unfortunately it didn’t. »

“Sportingly, I didn’t manage to do the races I wanted but I’m happy to have lived my last Olympics this way. »

Tessa Worley “We are all disappointed that it ended so soon, we had big ambitions, we have a great team. The parallel is played out in lots of little things, a route that goes faster than the other, the weather, the opponent, and today (Sunday) one does not pass for two hundredths. Too bad… For me, the results of these Olympic Games are neither positive nor negative.

It was an event that I really enjoyed, I had some good times with the team, especially this event, I also had the honor of being the standard bearer. (for the opening ceremony). Sportingly, I didn’t manage to do the races I wanted but I’m happy to have experienced my last Olympics this way. Now there is the end of the season, which is going to be great. »

“I’m disappointed because it’s easier for me to get a team medal with the leaders who were with me. »

Coralie Frasse-Sombet : “I had a lot of fun taking part in this team event, I like this exercise where you transcend yourself for others. I tried to do my best, I pushed, but it wasn’t enough to eliminate the Norwegians. I’m disappointed because it’s easier for me to get a team medal with the leaders who were with me. I put the right intentions and the right state of mind. But in giant like today (Sunday), I can’t have any regrets about my two races and I will still have good memories of these Olympic Games. »

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