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|Women's alpine skiing|
|2002 Salt Lake City||Downhill|
|2005 Bormio||Team event|
Born in Corrençon-en-Vercors, Isère, she became a member of the Villard-de-Lans ski club in Grenoble. At her Olympic debut in 1998 at Nagano, Japan, she finished 14th in both the super-G and downhill.
In January 2002, Montillet was chosen by the Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français to be the flag bearer at Salt Lake City. Her victory in the downhill days later was her first major triumph and the first alpine gold medal by a Frenchwoman since Marielle Goitschel's slalom gold in Grenoble in 1968. She dedicated the win to her late teammate Régine Cavagnoud, the reigning world champion in super-G, who died after a training accident less than four months earlier.
Montillet's achievements were more remarkable because she has suffered multiple serious injuries early in her career, such as torn knee ligaments.
While training for the downhill at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Montillet-Carles crashed on 13 February and was evacuated by helicopter to a nearby hospital. She suffered rib, back, and facial injuries, but still opted to defend her title two days later, but finished 28th. Several racers had complained that the downhill course was too easy, and Olympic organizers had made several changes to it. She finished fifth in the super-G five days later, then retired from competition at the end of the World Cup season.
World Cup results
|2001||16 Feb 2001||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Super-G|
|2003||7 Dec 2002||Lake Louise||Downhill|
|13 Dec 2002||Val d'Isère||Super-G|
|15 Jan 2003||Cortina d'Ampezzo||Super-G|
|2004||5 Dec 2003||Lake Louise||Downhill|
|6 Dec 2003||Downhill|
|18 Jan 2004||Cortina d'Ampezzo||Downhill|
|1 Feb 2004||Haus im Ennstal||Super-G|
World Championship results
- Carole Montillet-Carles at the International Ski Federation
- Carole Montillet-Carles World Cup standings at the International Ski Federation
- Carole Montillet at Ski-DB Alpine Ski Database
- Carole Montillet at the International Olympic Committee
- Carole Montillet-Carles at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
- Biography at Yahoo.com (in French)
- Official website (in French)
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