Jean -Baptiste Grange ( born October 10, 1984 in Saint -Jean -de- Maurienne ) is a French alpine skier. He is particularly successful in the slalom and heard in this discipline to the great athletes of today. His greatest achievements so far include the World Champion title in 2011, the European indoor champion title in 2009 and the victory in the World Cup discipline rating of the season 2008 /09. In addition, he is also in the disciplines of giant slalom and super-combined at the start.
Grange grew up in Valloire and learned there at the age of two years, the skiing. Both mother Annick Levrel and Father Jean -Pierre Grange belonged to the mid-1970s the French national ski team. Its almost one and a half years older brother François- Cyrille Grange was also skiers and even as a child in 1992 with Michel Platini closing runners at the Olympic torch relay of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. The youngest child of the Grange family, born in 1988, Alexia also since her early childhood is active in skiing. Grange went through the French youth squad and reached the Trofeo Topolino a second and a fourth place. He played the first FIS race in December 1999, operations in the European Cup was followed in December 2001. The best result at Junior World Championships 2003 was the eleventh place in the combined score.
His debut in the World Cup had Grange on 11 January 2004 in the slalom in Chamonix, where he was eliminated in the first run. Ten days later, he became French in Valloire slalom junior champion. On 20 December 2004 he drove in the Europa Cup slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn in third place and achieved his first ( and so far only ) podium finish at this stage. However, in the rest of the season 2004/ 05 he did not have a 13 square.
The first World Cup points brought Grange December 11, 2005 in the super combined in Val d'Isere, where he pushed forward from 34th to 18th place with the best slalom time. A month later he drove in the Super Combined in Wengen to 13th place, again with the fastest time in the slalom. With a 10th place in the Hahnenkamm slalom in Kitzbuehel Grange qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he was ranked 13 in the super combined, with the second-best slalom run time.; in the slalom, he left in the second round. End of the season he won his first French Courchevel slalom title.
Following the resignation of Jean -Pierre Vidal and the injury- induced failure of Stéphane Tissot the hopes of the French Ski Federation rested at the start of the World Cup season 2006/ 07 at Grange. With three top-10 results, he was able to meet these expectations. The biggest success of his career up to that point he succeeded at the Alpine World Skiing Championships 2007 in Åre, where he surprisingly won the bronze medal in the slalom behind Mario Matt and Manfred Mölgg. The confirmation of this result later succeeded him two weeks on 4 March 2007, finishing fourth in the World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora.
Grange scored on 29 November 2007 as second in the slalom in Beaver Creek for the first time a podium in a World Cup race. The first victory was on 17 December 2007 in the slalom on the Gran Risa in Alta Badia. In the course of the World Cup season 2007/ 08 he won three more races; in the Wengen super combined and the slalom in Kitzbuehel slalom. This season, he scored the first time in the giant slalom. Before the World Cup finals in Bormio, he was in the slalom discipline rating in the lead, but was overtaken even by Manfred Mölgg by 19 points.
In the 2008 /09 season Grange won two more World Cup slaloms. Together with four other podium finishes this enough for winning the slalom discipline standings. In the World Cup he finished fifth. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere Grange was ranked seventh in the giant slalom. In slalom, he was third in the first run again on a medal, but fell in the second round of. Also in the super combined, he did not finish. At the end of the season he won for the second time, the French slalom championship. In April 2009 he was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour.
In November 2009 Grange won the inaugural round of the Indoor European. On December 6, 2009, he retired in the giant slalom in Beaver Creek without falling tore a ligament in his right knee. It turned out for the rest of the season 2009/ 10 and therefore also missed the Olympic Winter Games 2010. Nearly a year later, Grange won the first race in Levi after his injury. After further victories in Kitzbühel and Schladming in January 2011 he scored before the World Cup 2011 on the most mentioned favorite. In Garmisch -Partenkirchen, he fulfilled the expectations and won the gold medal in the slalom. After the season he had surgery on the shoulder.
Affected by disc problems could Grange in the World Cup season 2011/12 in slalom unable to build on the achievements of the previous winter. Five times he went into the top ten, podiums did not materialize. In contrast, he scored 26 February 2012 with 4th place in the giant slalom at Crans -Montana, the best result in this discipline. In April 2012, Grange cruciate ligament surgery in his right knee had again undergo, in October he was able to start snow training again. The best Slalom World Cup result of winter 2012/13 was a 14th place, was added a fifth place at the City event in Moscow. In the winter of 2013/14 he found the connection to the world's best, with a 4th place as best result.
Olympic Winter Games
- Turin 2006: 13 combination
- Åre 2007: 3rd slalom, super combined 14
- Val d'Isere 2009: 7 Giant Slalom
- Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 1st slalom
- Schladming 2013: 12 Slalom
World Cup ratings
- Season 2006/ 07: 10th World Cup slalom
- Season 2007/ 08: 8 Overall World Cup, World Cup Slalom 2nd, 4th Combined World Cup
- Season 2008/ 09: 5 Overall World Cup, 1 World Cup Slalom, 6 Combined World Cup
- Season 2010/ 11: 2nd Slalom World Cup
- Season 2013/14: 8 slalom rating
World Cup wins
Grange won the previous 16 podiums, 9 wins:
- 4 podiums in the European Cup, including 2 wins:
Junior World Championships
- Briançonnais 2003: 11 combination, 18 Slalom, 31 downhill, giant slalom 33
- Maribor 2004: 24 Giant Slalom, Downhill 46
- European champion indoor slalom 2009
- French slalom champion in 2006 and 2009
- French Slalom Junior Champion 2004
- 1 victory in the Nor- Am Cup
- 1 victory in the South American Cup
- 5 wins in FIS races