ANTOINE DÉNÉRIAZ: OLYMPIC DOWNHILL CHAMPION
Antoine Dénériaz has always been a member of the Ski Club of Morillon, his native village in Haute-Savoie. He was coached by his father, who took care of him until the age of 15. It was then that he made his début in Team Grand Massif on the FIS slope. These three important years led to his being selected for the 1994 Junior World Championships in the USA, where he met future big names: Covili, Pequegnot or Suchet. The skier quickly made his début in team France B in the spring of 1995, reaching Team A in 1997. Over the next three seasons, he discovered the European Cup and World Cup. The soon archived great results and, in December 1998 in Val d’Isere, Antoine Dénériaz ranked fourth, only hundredths away from making the podium. This was the turning point: the skier’s performance was about to get truly on track. His successes mounted as he went on to become a three-time champion of France and three-time winner of the World Cup. Yet the day of glory of the Morillon native came on 12 February 2006 in Turin when he won the showpiece event of the Olympics Games, the downhill race. Winner with 1’48’80, this sturdy skier (1.88 m, 97 kg) dominated over all the favourites. “I was on another planet, nothing could touch to me”, concludes the Olympic champion in 2006, before announcing his retirement in 2007.
Today, having been the Ambassador of the “Annecy 2018” Application, Antoine Dénériaz is a TV sports consultant and an entrepreneur of his own brand of masks, goggles and other equipment. Antoine Dénériaz is also the Official Ambassador of the destination of Morillon.
ARGELINE TAN BOUQUET: Argeline Tan-Bouquet is the first Frenchwoman to land a globe in Telemark!
Born on 30 April 1994, Argeline has always been a member of the Morillon Ski Club where she is dedicated to alpine skiing from Poussin to Minime.
Now engaged in telemark skiing with the Samoëns Team, she is enjoying very successful seasons, for 5 years.
She is part of Team France Junior and, since last year, has been participating in World Cup events. Last March, she finished third in the sprint race of the Junior World Championships held in Norway. She finished her season brilliantly by winning the Coupes de France Dames (Women’s Cups France). As for this season, Argeline has got off to a very strong start, twice taking first place in the scratch (all categories) in the French Cup races, while scoring two top tens, including a top five in the World Cup!
On the 26th February 2015, Argeline got her first title of Junior World Champion, in the United States. Also medalist Silver and Bronze at the World Championships, the young skier is sacred best Junior of the World Championships. She has also distinguished at the World Senior Championships in 2015, winning a Silver Medal and Team Bronze medal. Also with seven podiums in the World Cup, Argeline thus achieved his best season during winter 2014-2015.
2018 : It’s historic! Argeline Tan-Bouquet is the first Frenchwoman to land a globe in Telemark! 4th in the last Classic of the season, the Morillonaise pocketed the globe of the discipline with 61 points ahead of her dolphine Johanna Holzmann. Second of the day, the German returns to the English Jasmin Taylor in the standings and gleans the second place. Switzerland’s Beatrice Zimmerman is the last win of the winter ahead of Holzmann and teammate Martyna Wyss.
R-VTT: A TEAM WITH THE COLOURS OF MORILLON GRAND MASSIF!
The club was established in November 2001 and is partnered with the French Cycling Federation; it grew to comprise around a hundred members during the 2012 season. It is approved by the ministry of Youth and Sports and partnered with the French Cycling Federation and the General Council for Rhône-Alpes sports.
R-VTT has a qualified expert instructor and 10 supervisors graduating with the Federal Diploma, allowing everyone to discover and learn how to mountain bike in all disciplines, from cycling school to the Masters.
Since 2006, Morillon has been supporting Team R-VTT by hosting, each year, a Downhill Mountain-biking Competition (Departmental Championships, Rhône-Alpes Cup, Masters’ Championship France).
Team RVTT is widely recognised for its genuine team spirit letting riders express themselves freely according to their level and goals, all thanks to you!!
Follow Team R-VTT sur Facebook
MICHAËL TAN BOUQUET: SKI JUMPING AND NORDIC COMBINED
Born on 21 March 1996, Michaël began ski jumping on the hill of Salvagny in Sixt in 2006. Michael has been a member of Chamonix Sports Club since 2009. He was part of the Mont Blanc committee in 2009/2010. He joined the Pôle Espoir training at the start of the term 2011/2012. Michael participated in Horizon Stage 2008. Personal record: a 125 m jump (performed in 2010 at age 14)! His other passions: drums, the mountains (hiking in summer and skiing in winter), skimboarding and rock climbing.