French mogul ski specialist Perrine Laffont won the fifth big crystal globe of her career this Friday in Almaty, a few weeks after winning two new world titles.
Her fourth place at the Beijing Olympics last year had demoralized her, and she assured that it would take time to turn the page. But Perrine Laffont did not take long to find the heights! The 24-year-old mogul skier won the fifth big crystal globe of her career, this Friday in Almaty, to cap off a perfect season where she also won two world championship titles (the fourth and fifth of her career). .
In Kazakhstan, the Frenchwoman was sure to cover herself with crystal even before the last race, since her Australian rival, Olympic champion Jakara Anthony, had withdrawn. But Perrine Laffont wanted to make it a point of honor to win this event, and she did it, winning with 77.96 points, ahead of the Americans Jaelin Kauf (76.30pts) and Tess Johnson (73.35pts) . The Frenchwoman signs her third victory of the season in the World Cup (after Deer Valley and Chiesa in Valmalenco), the third in a row and the 29th of her career, and climbs on her tenth podium, proof of her impressive regularity. On Saturday, she will this time aim for victory in the parallel event, for the very last race of the World Cup season.
Laffont had however “lost the flame” in 2022
The great Perrine Laffont is back, and that’s a pleasure! “I lost the flame a bit. I’m going to need to do something else, to have other interests, ”she confided in February 2022 after her failure in Beijing. All of this now seems to be behind the Ariège Olympic champion in 2018, whom we will undoubtedly see again next season to try to win a sixth big crystal globe, before two crucial seasons, marked by the Worlds of Engadine in Switzerland in 2025, and of course the Olympic Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy in 2026. Where she will only be 26!