Longines Rising Ski Stars award

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) & Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR)

For the third consecutive year, Longines awarded the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize to the best young athletes (female under 21, male under 23) in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

On the ladies’ side, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) won the prestigious award for the third successive season while Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) picked up the prize for the first time. The 20-year-old Viking claimed four World Cup victories this winter, while 20-year-old Shiffrin won six along with slalom gold at the World Championships and the slalom crystal globe.

Shiffrin, who is also an official ambassador of Longines is no stranger to the award: " To realise I have had a strong season while still being a junior athlete makes me really proud, especially now that I am partnered with Longines. I hope that I always take the approach of being a rising star instead of feeling as if I am already a star. It's always about improving and getting better every day so that's what this award means to me."

Following the Nations Team Event at the World Cup Finals in Meribel (FRA), both skiers received a trophy, a cheque for CHF 20'000 and a Longines Conquest Classic watch, representing the precision, technique and elegance of Alpine Skiing.

The Longines Rising Ski Star prize forms part of several activities undertaken by Longines to support youth through sport and to encourage the development of young talent. (FIS)

Photo: FIS / Agence Zoom