Bastien Midol: "A strange season"

What has been your daily life since the start of confinement?

"I am in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt with my girlfriend in the apartment I bought last year. I take this opportunity to rest at a time when we used to ski touring. I run near my house and do my accounts for my accountant. I hate that but I have some free time … (laughs) "

How did you welcome the cancellation of the Veysonnaz World Cup final because of the coronavirus epidemic?

"It is like this strange season and what has happened. We lived two intense months (with nine stages disputed on the twelve planned) and then nothing. The double stage of Feldberg (Germany) was canceled due to the lack of snow. So we stayed two weeks at home before leaving for Russia (in Sunny Valley) for a single stage when it was rumored that we could compete in two. We spent two weeks at home again before the final (at Veysonnaz) which was canceled. In the head, it is not easy to manage. This was the case this past week in Switzerland. The situation was changing every day due to the health crisis. The organizers worked in three different areas to be able to spread the spectators until the Swiss government made the decision to close all stations on Saturday (March 14) at 8 am, the day of our final. "

A final which should have been disputed without the Canadian Kevin Drury, winner of the globe…

"He lives in the United States and when he heard that Donald Trump was closing the borders, he left Switzerland in the middle of the week. Ditto for our trainer (Eric Archer) who left the reins to Foulaz (Thomas Frey) to be able to return home. "

What conclusions do you draw from your winter?

“I missed some races. I traded with Kevin (Drury) in the middle of the season. When I saw that he was chaining the podiums like I did last year, I understood that it was going to be difficult to go get him. At the end of December, I was third overall and I told myself that I had no room for error when you know that for four years, the winner of the Cross Alps Tour has systematically won the globe. Some races also hurt me like my fall in qualifying in Canada (at Nakiska). "

Do you have an idea of ​​your program for this off-season?

"Like the rest of the world, we are in the dark. We may have had to do an internship in late April – early May in Val Thorens but I imagine it will not take place. With my brother (Jonathan), we also planned to carry out work at the restaurant (Chalet Venay). I was also planning to plan a family vacation to South Africa, but that should fall through. "

Jonathan Midol does not rule out the idea of ​​pushing until the Olympic Games 2022

At 32, Jonathan Midol remains competitive. The Bornandin, on the podium this winter at San Candido (3rd), has not planning to imitate young retiree Arnaud Bovolenta with whom he had shared the famous Olympic treble in Sochi (2014). "I want to continue. I feel good in my ski, in my body. I want to take each race one after the other but as long as the pleasure is there, I don't rule out the idea of ​​competing in the next Olympic Games. "

"After nine days of confinement, we still haven't turned on the head"

An option far from being considered at the dawn of winter 2018-2019. "I returned to the army this fall (at the EMHM in Chamonix). Without that, the question (of retirement) would have arisen ”admits Haut-Savoyard, tenth this winter of the World Cup and new owner in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt. “We bought in January with my girlfriend. We therefore take advantage of the confinement to carry out the work. You can't see the time gone by. After nine days, we still haven't turned on the TV (laughs). "

J.T.