Léo Slemett (21 years old) is ski instructor and pro freeskier, and also he is studying at the Business School of Chambery. He was born in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, a town located at the foot of the Alps, so it is not surprising that he practice some mountain and winter sports since childhood.
At the age of three, Léo started to ski, and when he was 12 years old he learned alpine skiing. But then he realized that it was not enough for him. Léo says “I had much more fun doing some backflips and riding back country terrain than riding on the slopes so I naturally switched to free ski”.
When Léo was only 17 years old, he had already mastered perfectly the freestyle, so he decided to start freeride competition in the junior category as well. He went to the Freeride World Qualifiers. After that, and through his brilliant marks, he earned his place on the Freeride World Tour, in which annually brings the best skiers and snowsurfers around the world. Finally Léo had to return to Qualifiers, but far from discouraged, he was proclaimed as winner of this competition last winter. So, Léo’s goal for this year is to secure his place on the Freeride World Tour. After that, one of his dreams it’s to be a world champion in freeride ski.
Slemett considers the most value of his sport “the spirit and all the possibilities to make the most of yourself. But it’s not always easy because there are no federation so you have to build your career by yourself”. Therefore, he faces the challenges with training in physical or on his skis to progress again and again, as his only way to go forward in what he really loves. However, he also considers important to take pleasure and spend some time to ride with his friends.
So we’re proud to announce our Badtoro of the month: Léo Slemett, double champion of the Nendaz Freeride and champion in the Freeride World Qualifier general ranking last winter season 2013/2014. We wish you all the best in your career, and we’ll keep an eye in your next season!
A Badtoro is never afraid of challenges. A Badtoro doesn’t always reach all of his or her goals, but a Badtoro never gives up, and always keeps on trying. A Badtoro is not afraid of trying to reach the goals that many others find impossible. To become the Badtoro of the month, you need to show extraordinary courage, respect and sincerity, especially when facing challenges.
Photos: Andrey Britanishskiy