The tuck position seen in downhill skiing was actually discovered and first used at Squaw Valley by a recently deceased Olympic skier. Jean Vuarnet passed away at the age of 83 on January 2nd. He received a Gold medal at Squaw Valley in 1960 utilizing his tucked position that is often now referred to as the “l’oeuf” position. Jean was from Avoriaz where he grew up skiing the French Alps.
- Jean was a mavrick
- His death was surprising
- He will never be forgotten
“It may seem almost instinctive for skiers nowadays to adopt the tuck position when speeding downhill, but Vuarnet, who died Monday aged 83, helped pioneer the technique more than five decades ago.”