photos by D. Pinniger and S. Rogers.
Charlotte Bankes, French Team
I was born in England but at the age of 4 we moved out to France to live in the Southern Alps. Since I have been living in L’Argentière-la-Béssée and I spend my time between the ski resort of Puy St Vincent in the winter and the lake of Serre-Ponçon in the summer.
I’ve always done a lot of sport and been very competitive trying to keep up with my 2 older brothers. I started snowboarding when I was 5 and started competing at the age of 7. I competed in skiing, snowboarding and sailing for several year at a national level but eventually I decided to concentrate on snowboarding. In 2010 I integrated the youth team and went to boarding school in Villard de Lans where we had a special timetable to be able to train.
On my first years on the international circuit I got some good results on the Europa cup circuit that meant I earned my spot in the French team and on the World Cup circuit.
In 2014 I participated in the Sochi Olympic Games and also got my first world juniors championship gold medal.
Since then I have been evolving on the World Cup circuit and have established myself in the top 8 of the world and have had 2 wins on the tour.
As well as my career I’ve always continued my education and have
obtained my French BAC in science and I’m now doing a Honours degree in Maths and
Physics with Open University.
Since the start of my career I’ve had a few major injuries, a fractured pelvis in
january 2011 and a ruptured ACL in the knee in September 2015.
- World cup win in Veysonnaz in march 2017
- 2nd in team event at World championships in Sierra Nevada in march 2017
- World cup win in La Molina in march 2015
- Junior World champion in 2014 in Valmalenco and in 2015 in Yabuli (China)
- 8th at World championships in Kreischberg in 2015
- In the Top 8 in the world cup standing since 2014
- French champion in 2013 and 2015
- 17th at Olympics in Sochi in 2014
Goals for 2017-2018 season
The 2018 season is an important one that I’ve been working hard for. the goal will be to get several podium finishes on the World Cups and finish in the top 5 of the overall season.But also and most importantly to be selected for the Olympics Games and be in the fight for a medal.