Xavier Gigandet

Xavier Gigandet ( born August 15, 1966 in Yvorne ) is a retired Swiss ski racer. He specializes in the disciplines of downhill and Super -G.


Earlier in his career Gigandet was used in FIS races and in the European Cup. In the season 1987/88 he decided the European Cup downhill rating for themselves. The first World Cup points he won March 20, 1989, when he finished ninth in the combined score of Åre. On January 17, 1992, he drove to 3rd place in the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel; this was the first of two podiums. Gigandet took in the World Cup comes regularly in the top ten, to a victory but never gave it. At the Olympic Winter Games in 1992 he was eighth in the combination. His best World Cup placing, he scored on 16 December 1995 when he was second on the Saslong in Val Gardena.

End of the 1997/98 season Gigandet stepped back from professional sports. The range of Swiss-Ski, to act as a youth coach, he struck out. Instead, he took along with his three siblings, their father's business, a mechanical workshop for agricultural machinery.


Olympic games

  • Albertville 1992: 8 combination, exit 15

World Championships

  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991: 13 combination
  • Sierra Nevada 1996: 10 Departure

World Cup

  • Season 1991/92: 8 Departure rating
  • 1995/ 96: 6 Departure rating
  • 2 podiums, 20 more finishes among the top ten

European Cup

  • 1987/ 88: 1st exit summary
  • 1988/89 season: 5th exit summary

Other successes

  • Swiss Champion in the combined 1990