Meet The Rising Ski Talent Paul Vieuxtemps
OutdoorMaster’s brand ambassador Paul Vieuxtemps is an exceptional Ski talent! With his mixed-race background, Paul has the opportunity to have represented both France and Thailand. Paul is more of a doer than a talker, he likes to express and challenge himself in skiing. We had the pleasure though to do a small talk with this unusual up-and-comer hailing from Gap, France.
BORN: 1 December 1999 in Rouen, France (Age 21)
RESIDING: Gap, France
HOME RESORT: Les Orres
HOBBIES: Trampoline, skating, outdoor sports, watching ski videos
AWARD: French Champion in Big Air; 2nd in FIS Big Air La Plagne; Top 15 in Big Air Worldcup
What made you start skiing?
I started by doing rollerblading at the skate park and my rollerblade coach was the same coach for the ski club and I wanted to try it.
Does your unique identity & upbringing have anything to do with your career?
Skiing for Thailand has given me the opportunity to ski more and more!
What would be your ultimate achievement in skiing this year?
Going to the Olympics!
What emotions do you feel when you play well?
Stocked as hell and want to do better and better after!
What's your best memory so far for skiing?
Maybe my World’s first triple misty 12 and winning the GoPro Million Dollar challenge.
Who is your favorite sports hero?
Torin Yater Wallace, best style on ski.
Can you list three reasons you like being part of a team sport?
Teammates push me up.
Fun with teammates.
And Fun again!
What is the best part of competitions?
Having fun and doing the best you can do.
How do your teammates make practice fun?
Joking and gives confidence.
What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?
JuL, French rapper.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
Forre4Life are doing the best Ski film
How does being an athlete make you a better person?
Concentrated when I’m doing something.
What is the one thing you always do after a good performance?
Continue to ski (yup!)
What do you do to calm your butterflies while you compete?
Listening to music I like.
If you could play another sport what would it be?
Skateboarding but I’m not really good at it
What age were you when you started your sport?
I started skiing at 13 and I was already at Gap where I live now
Do you have a plan to help you get to your best-focused state?
Visualizing what you want to do.
What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition?
A big Hamburger (hah!)
Do you use visual cues of your environment to help you focus?
Who inspired you as a young athlete?
Torin Yater Wallace
What one word describes you?
Who was your favorite coach and why?
Mathias Wecxsteen. He was my only coach since day one.
What do you give up to play sports?
What is your favorite place to compete?
USA is very fun.
What mental tool do you use under pressure?
Do you think attitude is a factor in winning?
Yes for sure. You have to stay focused every time!
What image gets you ready to compete?
Visualizing my run.
How does athletics make you a better student or a professional?
I’m not so good as a student…
How does being an athlete inspire you to do good?
Inspired other people!
Paul repping Thailand in the skies above Saas-Fee, Switzerland.