Arguably the greatest skier of his time, Jean-Claude Killy collected back-to-back World Cup championships in 1967-1968 and won the Triple Crown of Alpine Skiing with a sweep of all three gold medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics. He brought his skiing influence to the U.S. in 1969, when he signed a deal with Head Skis to endorse their metal and fiberglass ski model, the Killy 800. He later became a spokesman for Chevrolet and starred in several movies and television shows. He earned the American nickname, "Chocolate Kitty,” because of the way he said his name with his thick accent.
Killy acted as a member of the Executive board of the Alpine skiing Committee of the FIS (from 1977-1994), was the co-president of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1995-2008.
He has several trails throughout the world named after him including the "Cupp Run," at Snowshoe, W.V. (which he designed), at Val d'Isère, and his run at Tignes was given the name l'Espace Killy in his honor.