Steve Missillier of Annecy, France, has spent practically his entire life on skis. Following his biggest achievement so far – a silver medal in the giant slalom at the Olympic Games in Sochi – he has now changed his equipment sponsor and, just like his team colleagues Thomas Fanara, Jean-Baptiste Grange and Julien Lizeroux, decided to join the Austrian family-owned company Fischer Sports.
Missillier signed a two-year contract with the manufacturer earlier this month.
Q: You have just signed a two-year contract with the Austrian family-owned company Fischer Sports.What motivated you to do this?
A: The main motivation is obviously to find the best ski. I tested the Fischer skis out of curiosity and then I discovered a different feeling, which is very important to me. Team Fischer is very professional. The French team has great skiers to work on development.
Q: At the Olympic Games in Sochi you won the silver medal in GS – how did this feel and were you expecting it?
A: It was a great feeling and a great surprise. My chance was there for the taking, even though I had never made the podium in giant slalom (my best place was four at Soelden). I took this chance and it worked. This is a great reward for all those years of work.
Q: Alpine skiing fans can look forward to Ski World Championships again in the upcoming season in Vail/Beaver Creek (USA).What are your goals for 14/15?
A: My goals for next season are to (move) up on the classification World Cup, regularly making the podium in slalom and giant slalom. My goal for the World Championship is to try to win a medal — but I also want to have fun skiing.
Q: When one season ends, another begins.What are your plans for the coming months?
A: I have a few vacation days and then some fitness training. I will be skiing in Val d’Isère in June and then something unusual: we will be flying to Qatar for the physical preparation once everything is confirmed. To sum up, things will get serious again pretty soon.
Q: Fischer Sports celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Is there anything you would like to say to your new ski company?
A: I hope they sell as much equipment as possible and continue to make very good quality skis. I also wish them lots of success and thank you for accepting me as part of the Fischer Racing Family.
Release courtesy of Fischer Sports