The Swedish and French Ski Federations have jointly approved former French skier Estelle Alphand’s request to compete for the Swedish alpine ski team during the upcoming ski season. The decision is based on the fact that Alphand has dual citizenship in France and Sweden thanks to her parents.
Alphand will be included in Sweden’s training group 2 for the 2017-18 season, said Alpine Director Tommy Eliasson Winter.
“She is a skier who competes in all disciplines and that she can compete for us is something I believe can strengthen our squad,” said Lars Melin, head coach of the Swedish women’s team.
In a press release, the French Ski Federation said that it is always listening to its athletes, who remain at the heart of the sport, and officials from the organization wish Alphand the best of luck in the rest of her career.
The daughter of former French alpine skier and professional car racer Luc Alphand has started in 27 World Cups with her best results coming in giant slalom. The 22-year-old athlete will be hunting for more World Cup points next season, wearing blue and yellow.
Release courtesy of the Swedish Ski Federation and French Ski Federation