Our ambassadors

Our athletes have talent !

The resort is proud to count among its inhabitants athletes who have left their mark – and still do – on the sporting world in various categories: alpine or freeride skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, skicross, handiskiing…

This is why we are committed to supporting these young top-level athletes who wish to wear Les Gets colours at national, European and even world level. Every year, young athletes with promising talents receive financial aid from the resort (Town Hall, Tourist Office or Sagets).

Discover below their portraits, their careers and their ambitions!

Downhill mountain bike

Lauryne Chappaz

At only 18 years old, Lauryne Chappaz is the next generation of the French downhill mountain bike team.In October 2020, Lauryne won the world downhill mountain bike title in the junior women’s category in Leogang, Austria.

At the Chappaz’s, cycling runs in the family! The father did a lot of cross-country in his youth, followed by the older brother and sister Mélanie (crowned junior world champion in downhill mountain biking in 2017 in Australia), to finish with the younger Lauryne.

A recent member of the Bike Club of Les Gets, she has joined the Les Gets ambassadors club and will be riding with the colours of the resort on the Elite World Tour, and in particular at the 2021 UCI MTB World Cup scheduled from 2 to 4 July 2021 in the resort.

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Freeride skiing

Sébastien Varlet

Sébastien started skiing at the age of 5 in Bellevaux, a neighbouring resort in the Alpes du Léman region. At 17, he became a ski instructor with the French ski school, ESF. But his real passion is freeride skiing !

In 2013, he decided to travel the world, stopping for a season in New Zealand where he taught others to ski. There, the mountains became his stimulus… and he began seeking out the best freeriding faces !

Now participating in 3- and 4-star Freeride World Qualifier events in Europe, his aim is to join the best international freeride skiers on the Freeride World Tour 5-star series.

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Biathlon

Jeanne Richard

Behind those big blue eyes, there is energy and determination. At the age of 18, this biathlete already has 15 years of skiing behind her.

Her father, a ski instructor, introduced her to cross-country skiing when she was a child during walks with her sisters. She got a taste for it and joined the Nordic section of the “Les Gets ski competition” club at the age of 10.

In 2017, Jeanne joined the Biathlon group of the Mont-Blanc Committee. Since then, she has won twice the French Wheel Ski Championship and has shone at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lausanne in 2020, winning gold in the relay and silver in the individual event.

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Handiskiing

Jules Segers

At only 17 years old, Jules Segers is a rising star in disabled alpine skiing. Originally from Les Gets, he made his first glides on skis at the age of 3 years old and continued his career with the French Ski School of Les Gets. 

After encouraging results in the French Cup, he joined the French disabled sports team in 2017.

Jules has had the opportunity to defend the colours of Les Gets and France in national and international competitions (European Cups and some World Cups) in 2019-2020.

Next step : to be selected for the 2022 Paralympic Games.

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Ski jumping

Océane Avocat Gros

Océane Avocat Gros, aged 23, is studying sports science at STAPS in Grenoble. But she also holds in her hands the future of women’s ski-jumping, a sport she has enjoyed since the age of 14!

Very quickly, it became obvious that ski jumping was for her. She made her first jumps in 2010.

In the French B Team since 2016, she has been in the top 30 in the World Cup circuits, determined to win her place for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Alpine skiing

Mia Clerc

Originally from Madagascar, Mia first put on skis at the age of 5 on the slopes of Les Gets, where she grew up. Her love for the mountains and skiing led her to join the ski club in Annemasse at the age of 9. Since then, her passion for sport and competition has pushed her to surpass herself and reach the highest levels of skiing.  

At the dawn of her 16th birthday, she decided to represent her country of origin, Madagascar, and joined the Madagascan Ski Federation.

Her first ISF (International Ski Federation) races, under the colours of Madagascar, enabled her to be selected for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games, in slalom and giant.

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Biathlon

Jacques Jefferies

Jacques was born and raised in Saint Jean d’Aulps. His parents introduced him to skiing at an early age, and at the age of 6 he joined the ski club in his village.

In 2011, he switched to the Nordic side and started cross-country skiing, and later biathlon. He then joined Les Gets Ski Compétition and quickly won several podiums and a 3rd place overall in the French Under 14 Championship in 2016.

In 2017, he joined the Mont Blanc Regional Ski Committee, a structure that allows young athletes to combine skiing and school.

Beyond the mental and physical skills that requires biathlon, Jacques loves the excitement and atmosphere that surrounds this sport.

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Biathlon

Félix Cottet-Puinel

Since his childhood, Félix has been fascinated by biathlon, a wonderful discipline combining cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.

In 2011, he entered the Mont Blanc Committee in biathlon. From year to year, his results are commensurate with his investment: he becomes French Champion in all categories before Senior and a member of the French Junior team until 2017.

His goal is to be selected for the European Cup and to perform there in order to enter the French B team.

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Alpine skiing

Pierre-Sylvain Rosset

Once arrived in Les Gets with his parents in 2006, Pierre-Sylvain joined the ski club where his passion for alpine skiing came naturally to him. Over the years, and showing good results in competitions, Pierre-Sylvain then joined the FIS. He is also a member of the Team Espoir of the Mont Blanc Regional Ski Committee.

In 2020, he joined an engineering school in Lausanne, at the EPFL, with a high-level athlete status and adapted timetable for training and competitions.

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Alpine skiing

Léo Coppel

Like all children in the valley, Léo started downhill skiing at the age of 6. At the same time, he played a lot of ice hockey at a high level.

Once summer is there, Léo spends most of his time on the West Coast surfing or wakesurfing. And when he comes back to Les Gets, it’s for riding in the Bikepark during DH mountain bike sessions with his friends.                          

In 2018, Léo joined the ISF and is part of the elite group of the Mont Blanc Committee. His ambition for this season : taking part in the French U18 championships, and why not aim for victory.

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