honoring stars of the future
Sport is about evolution – the heroes of today are role models for the stars of tomorrow.
The commitment of Longines in sport has always been one of investing in the future. Since its inception in the 2012/2013 season, the Longines Rising Ski Stars awards have recognized the best young ski racers on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.
This past season the honors took on a familial look as Swiss siblings Mélanie and Loïc Meillard distinguished themselves as Longines Rising Ski Stars.
It was a breakthrough season for both. Mélanie, now 20, earned her first World Cup podium finishing third in the Oslo, Norway city event. Even more notably, she began to build consistency with 10 top-10 World Cup finishes. Older brother Loïc, who will be 22 going into the season, very nearly claimed his first World Cup podium finishing fourth in the season finale World Cup Finals in Åre, Sweden, where he also won double gold at the Junior World Championships (giant slalom and combined).
Father Jacques was a noted speed skier, who went 214 km/h in 1994 at Les Arcs, France. He had the children skiing at an early age. Growing up in Neuchâtel, the family often drove to the Canton of Valais to ski. Finally, in 2009, the family moved to be closer to Ski-Club Hérémencia. Both have been on a strong development track, but it was unusual that a brother and sister would both achieve the honor.
“Mélanie and I are sharing our passion for skiing together and being able to both win the prize at the same time is something very special,” said Loïc. “Sadly she was injured, so we couldn’t be on the podium with each other. So, I hope that we will have another opportunity in the future to stand there together.”
“Sharing our love of skiing together, we’ve been able to support each other in every moment,” said Mélanie. “Having received the Longines Rising Ski Star Award at the same time motivates me even more to be once on the podium with Loïc.”
visit to Longines
This spring, Mélanie and Loïc traveled to Saint-Imier, Switzerland home of Longines, not far from their childhood home in Neuchâtel. “After winning the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize, we wanted to know more about the company which is so deeply established in our region,” said Mélanie, who proudly wore a Conquest St. Moritz timepiece from Longines. “We are very impressed by the rich history of the brand,” said older brother Loïc. “Like Longines, we are proud to represent this region on an international level.”
rich award heritage
The award has a strong history with past winners including Norwegian star Henrik Kristoffersen, Alexis Pinturault of France, Marta Bassino of Italy and World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin.
“When I first won the Longines Rising Ski Star award in 2013, my career was just beginning,” said Shiffrin. “Mélanie and Loïc are great young stars in our sport. They will find this award from Longines to be a valuable steppingstone in their career.”
The Longines Rising Ski Star award is presented to the top woman (under 21) and top man (under 23) on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. 2018 recipients were honored at the World Cup Finals in Sweden with a Longines timepiece, as well as a trophy and a cheque, from Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing, and Casper Gebeke of Longines Sweden.
list of Longines rising ski star award winners
|2017-18||Mélanie Meillard (Switzerland)||19|
|2016-17||Marta Bassino (Italy)||21|
|2015-16||Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)||21|
|2014-15||Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)||20|
|2013-14||Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)||19|
|2012-13||Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)||18|
|2017-18||Loïc Meillard (Switzerland)||21|
|2016-17||Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway)||22|
|2015-16||Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway)||21|
|2014-15||Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway)||20|
|2013-14||Alexis Pinturault (France)||22|
|2012-13||Alexis Pinturault (France)||21|