Career Retrospective: Emilie Vina

A few other athletes that I was less familiar with are also retiring, according to FIS, beginning with France’s Emilie Vina. Naturally, I head over to Wikipedia and discover that apparently she’s a non-commissioned officer? Huh. I wouldn’t have been surprised if she were a biathlete, I suppose, but that’s not a combination you see much in cross country.

Compared to many of the retiring skiers I profile here, her distance WC racing was relatively limited:

And not her most successful event. She did do a lot more sprinting, though:

She apparently focused mostly on freestyle (34 freestyle sprints vs 9 classic) but wasn’t so choosy with the distance events (18 freestyle, 11 classic and 5 pursuits). Since she doesn’t have quite as many WC starts as some other folks, we could simply look at all of her FIS point results:

A partial season in 2009, injury or illness perhaps? Of interest to some may be her WJC results, which topped out at 6th, 7th and 13th in 2002. Ironically, the two better results were in the distance events.

Related posts:

  1. Career Retrospective: Jens Arne Svartedal
  2. Career Retrospective: Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset
  3. Career Retrospective: Rene Sommerfeldt
  4. Career Retrospective: Sara Renner
  5. Career Retrospective: Virpi Kuitunen

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One Response to “Career Retrospective: Emilie Vina”
  1. Fred F says:

    Most top french skiers (alpine, X country, biathlon, and nordic combined) are under contracts with the French Army or the French Custom and Border Service – those 2 organizations have a limited number of positions they reserve for top skiers (I don’t think they do that for other sports) – it gives athletes medical coverage, small income, etc. I don’t know exactly what they do in return but they are not soldiers who became top athletes (rather the opposite)
    Vittoz, Robin Duvillard, Laure Barthelemy, Anouk Faivre Picon, the Fourcade Bros, Vincent Jay and Marie Laure Brunet are with the Army. Magnificat, Gaillard, Alexis Boeuf, Marie Dorin, Lamy Chappuis (nordic combined) are with Customs.

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