Alain Giletti

Alain Giletti
Personal information
Full name Alain Giletti
Country represented  France
Born (1939-09-11) 11 September 1939 (age 81)
Former partner Michèle Allard

Alain Giletti (born 11 September 1939 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain) is a French figure skater. He is the 1960 World champion, the 1955-1957 & 1960-1961 European champion and is a ten-time (1951–1957, 1959–1961) French national champion. At the age of 12,[1] he represented France at the 1952 Winter Olympics, where he placed 7th. He placed 4th at the 1956 Winter Olympics, and 4th again at the 1960 Winter Olympics.

He also competed as a pair skater. With partner Michèle Allard, he is the 1956 French national champion.

At the time Giletti won his World title in 1960, he was on leave from compulsory military service in France and expected to be sent on a four-month tour of Algeria upon his return. He was normally stationed in Paris where his schedule allowed him to train in the mornings with his coach Jacqueline Vaudecrane. Prior to beginning his military service, he also trained in the United States with Pierre Brunet.[2] Giletti expected to defend his World title in 1961, but those championships were cancelled after the crash of Sabena Flight 548 killed all members of the U.S. team. Giletti turned professional to tour with Holiday On Ice, Scala Eisrevue and later became a skating coach in Chamonix, France.[3] Surya Bonaly is one of his students. He currently coaches figure skating in the Angoulême area, France.[4]

Competitive highlights

Event 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961
Winter Olympic Games 7th 4th 4th
World Championships 8th 5th 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 4th 1st
European Championships 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
French Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ He is the youngest participant in France Olympic team history
  2. ^ "The New World Champion", Skating magazine, May 1960
  3. ^ "Alain Giletti Hurt In Ski Accident". The New York Times. February 11, 1983.
  4. ^ Saint Yrieix sur Charente infos Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine October, 2010