It’s good to share an Olympic podium with a friend, un ami, beside you.
And French skier Alexis Pinturault is just lucky like that.
“It’s the cherry on the cake,” he said, after taking silver in men’s Alpine combined on Tuesday. Teammate Victor Muffat-Jeandet earned the bronze. Marcel Hirscher got gold for Austria.
At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, it was Pinturault’s bronze in giant slalom when Steve Missillier took silver for France behind American Ted Ligety.
“I already had enormous luck four years ago with Steve,” said Pinturault, revealing it can get lonely being a fresh OIympic medalist.
With so many interviews to do, athletes don’t always get to share the moment with those closest to them.
“We are directly coming to the media and doing all this kind of obligation,” said the 26-year-old star of the France men’s Alpine team, while clearly enjoying his moment. “At the Olympics we have no time to share in this with our coaches, with our family, or with our partners.”
“That’s possible only when there is another guy from your country on the same podium.”
It was a rare treat, too. France last placed two men on the combined podium 70 years ago, when Henri Oreiller got gold and James Couttet took bronze at the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics.