French skiing icon Emile Allais dies at 100


Ski racing legend Emile Allais has died at age 100. Allais was a four-time world champion in the 1930s, and the first Frenchman to win an alpine Olympic medal in 1936 at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games. He passed Wednesday (Oct. 17) in a hospital in Sallanches.

Born in Feb. 25, 1912 in Megeve, Allais won the 1937 World Championships in Chamonix taking gold in slalom, downhill and combined.

He was the founder of the Ecole Francoise de Ski, now the biggest ski school in the world, present in every French ski resort.

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