A legendary champion, he won three Olympic titles at the 1968 Grenoble Games. His exceptional career was recognized at the highest level, and he was involved in organizing the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games and was an IOC member for 19 years.
Born in Saint-Cloud, nothing predestined Jean-Claude Killy to become a top-level skier. In 1946, aged just 3, he arrived in Val d’Isère with his family and put on his first pair of skis. An avid sportsman, he practiced many disciplines during his childhood, before specializing in skiing. At the age of 16, he was spotted as a Espoir by the federation, then selected by Honoré Bonnet to play for the French team.
He made the decision to stop competing after winning his third gold medal at the 1968 Grenoble Olympic Games. He thus put an end to his first life. He became one of the first athletes to sell his image to promote major global brands. He was also a racing driver, taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a film actor and, finally, entrepreneur of his own skiwear brand. A great man of many facets.
In 1981, in partnership with Michel Barnier, they took on the challenge of organizing the Winter Olympics in Albertville. It was a return to his roots through the big Olympic door, and a new dimension added to his qualities as a great man. Following on from the 1992 Olympics, which revealed his skills as an organizer and manager, Jean-Claude Killy spent 9 years as president of ASO, the company that organizes the Tour de France and the Paris Dakar. Since 1995, Jean-Claude Killy has been one of 115 members of the International Olympic Committee. Within the IOC, he notably chaired the Coordination Commission for the Turin 2006 and Sochi 2014 Games.