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Olympics: French sweep medals in skicross at Sochi Games

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The 24-year-old Chapuis said it’s the culmination of four years’ of work by France’s new generation of skicross racers.

Chapuis, who has dual citizenship in Switzerland, struggled to earn spots on the Alpine teams in both countries. Then, skicross was added to the Olympic program in 2010 and he took a turn to France and over to the rough-and-tumble side of the sport — a move not all-that-uncommon among the top skicross racers.

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He came to the Olympics as the 2013 world champion.

"I had a good foundation, a good background in skiing," Chapuis said. "I managed to adapt to this discipline very quickly."

Bovolenta, 25, broke his collarbone, shoulder blade and two ribs in July 2013, an accident that happened on a bike, when his tire burst while he was riding in the French Alps.

"Silver medal in Sochi for me," he said. "I’m happy."

Midol, 26, skied for Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He came to the Olympics with only one top-10 finish this season but will leave with the bronze medal and his own place among the country’s sports icons.

A celebration is on tap.

"We’ll drink a little bit," Midol said. "We’ll see. A big party it will be."

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