Since winning his first major international medal at Sochi 2014, France’s Benjamin Daviet has been on an upward curve in the men’s Nordic skiing standing category.
Most recently, he won five golds across biathlon and cross-country events at the first two World Cups of the 2018/19 season.
Daviet has firmly placed among the best skiers in the world for two years now.
In 2018, he enjoyed the best performance of his life by winning two golds and one silver in biathlon, and one gold and one silver in cross-country at the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
One year before, an incredible performance saw him leave with three world titles - two from cross-country and one in biathlon – from Finsterau, Germany. He also won the men's biathlon standing World Cup.
While working as a plumber during the summer months and as a mechanic on cable cars during the winter, Daviet lives the other side of his life training hard on the trails.
He has been on the French team since 2011 and just three years later he reached his first World Cup podiums right before his appearance in Sochi.
His first World Championships podiums came in 2015 where he reached the top three four times, including gold in the relay.
The following season he rose to second and third in the cross-country skiing and biathlon overall rankings respectively.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He received the 2019 Paralympic Sport and Media Award as Best Male Athlete of the Year from the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2019)
He received the 2018 Chef Brigadier Alexis Vastine Award, which is given to the Best High Performance Athlete of the Year within the French army sports team. (defense.gouv.fr, 12 Oct 2018)
In 2018 he was named a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government in recognition of his performances at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nordicmag.info, 11 Apr 2018)
He was flag bearer for France at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2018)
Before his accident he wanted to join the French army as a parachute trooper. "The worst thing of this situation [his accident] was that I was no longer able to join the army." Once he took up his career as a high performance athlete he was invited to join the army as a civil agent with a contract that allows him to train full-time. "Even if I could not join the army as an able-bodied person, it's as an impaired person that I represent them. And that is a big personal accomplishment." (ouest-france.fr, 27 Jan 2022; benjamin-daviet.com, 01 Feb 2022)
|Men's Sprint - Classic Standing||Final||2013-02-25||7|
|Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing||Final||2013-02-27||9999|
|Men's Short Distance Standing||Final||2013-02-28||14|
|Men's Middle Distance Standing||Final||2013-03-01||10|
|Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing||Final||2013-03-05||5|
|Men's 7.5 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-08||7|
|Men's 12.5 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-11||9|
|Men's 1 km Sprint Standing||Semifinal||2014-03-12||7|
|4x2.5 km Open Relay||Final Round||2014-03-15||3|
|Men's 10 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-16||8|
|Men's Short Distance Standing||Race 1||2015-01-24||2|
|Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing||Race 1||2015-01-25||2|
|Men's Sprint - Classic Standing||Race 1||2015-01-28||2|
|Men's Long Distance Standing||Race 1||2015-01-30||3|
|Men's Middle Distance Standing||Final||2017-02-11||2|
|Men's Long Distance Standing||Final||2017-02-14||1|
|Men's Sprint Standing||Final||2017-02-18||3|
|Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing||Final||2017-02-19||1|
|Men's 7.5km Standing||Final||2018-03-10||1|
|Men's 20km Free Standing||Final||2018-03-12||2|
|Men's 12.5km Standing||Final||2018-03-13||1|
|Men's 15km Standing||Final||2018-03-16||2|
|4x2.5km Open Relay||Final||2018-03-18||1|
|Men's Middle Distance Standing||Final||2019-02-16||1|
|Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing||Final||2019-02-17||1|
|Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing||Final||2019-02-18||1|
|Men's Sprint Standing||Final||2019-02-20||1|
|Men's Long Distance Standing||Final||2019-02-21||1|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing||Final||2019-02-24||5|