Jason Lamy-Chappuis wins Nordic Combined gold at Vancouver 2010

American-born Frenchman Jason Lamy-Chappuis emulated his hero Fabrice Guy by winning Nordic Combined gold at Vancouver 2010.

Naturally Nordic

Lamy-Chappuis was born (9 September 1986) in Montana in the United States to an American mother and a French father, both of whom were ski instructors. When he was still young his family moved to Jura, France, where he started to ski. There was a ski jump just 5km from the family home, giving him the chance to this key disciplines of the Nordic Combined.

Heroes and mentors

Lamy-Chappuis became a fan of Fabrice Guy and Sylvain Guillaume, the Frenchmen who won gold and silver respectively in the Nordic Combined at Albertville 1992. Guy later became a mentor to Lamy-Chappuis, who aged ten was taken under the wing of Nicolas Michaud, the French team’s director.

Early appearances

Lamy-Chappuis made his World Cup debut at Holmenkollen in March 2004, finishing 24th, then made steady progress leading up to Turin 2006, where he finished fourth in the 7.5 km sprint. He won bronze medals in the 10km mass start and 10km individual large hill events at the 2009 World Championships at Liberec.

Gold and glory

His form going into Vancouver 2010, with five wins and nine podiums in the World Cup prior to the Games, suggested he could be a serious medal contender. He fulfilled this promise by winning gold in the 10km individual normal hill event, beating Johnny Spillane of the US by 0.4 seconds, the closest finish in Olympic Games Nordic Combined history.