Vanessa Vidal

Vanessa Vidal ( born December 21, 1974 in Saint -Jean -de- Maurienne ) is a French former alpine skier. She specializes in the slalom and giant slalom.


The two years older sister of Jean -Pierre Vidal started her career with inserts in FIS races and in the European Cup. On March 12, 1995, she was able to win the first World Cup points, as 23 of the giant slalom in Lenzerheide. They established himself in midfield, but without attracting attention with excellence, which is why she was repeatedly downgraded by the coaches in the European Cup. The European Cup season 1998/99 they finished as runners- slalom standings.

It was not until end of December 1999 Vidal managed a World Cup result in the top ten. At the World Cup finals in Bormio she achieved on 13 March 2000, the best result of her career when she was fourth in the slalom. Viewed over the whole winter, she was the seventh-best slalom skier in the world. Other top -10 classifications followed in 2000/ 01 and 2001/ 02 season. At the Olympic Winter Games in 2002 she went to seventh place in the slalom. Other top results were from in the following years.

In November 2007, Vidal had to quit their sports career. When training in Nakiska in Canada, she suddenly complained of severe pain in the chest area. She had to be transferred to the emergency room to Calgary hospital, where doctors diagnosed a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.


Olympic games

  • Salt Lake City 2002: 7 Slalom
  • Turin 2006: 26 Slalom

World Championships

  • Sestriere 1997: 25 Slalom
  • Bormio 2005: 17 Slalom
  • Åre 2007: 32 Slalom

Junior World Championships

  • Geilo / Hemsedal 1991: 9 Giant Slalom, Slalom 25
  • Monte Campione 1993: 8 Slalom

World Cup

  • 1999/2000 season: 7 slalom rating
  • 14 finishes among the top ten

European Cup

  • Season 1998/99: 2nd slalom rating
  • 5 podiums (individual results only from 1994/95 available)

Other successes

  • Two French league titles ( 1997 and combined slalom 2006)
  • 22 wins ( available only results from 1994 /95) at FIS races