Alain Baxter's hard fought rise up through the 6,000 internationally registered racers world wide is a testament to his determination to succeed and his raw talent. But some would argue he was always destined to make it to the top.
His parents (Iain and Sue) were both British Ski Team members and subsequently leading figures in British ski teaching, so it was no surprise when they named their son after one of their own heroes, the 70s French skiing star Alain Penz.
Living in Aviemore he had the run of the local Cairngorm ski slopes where he inherited all of his parents' love of the sport and he also developed his basic skills and competitive instinct. He was also becoming a mean Shinty player (the traditional team game of the Highlands which is like a tough relation of Hockey) and an accomplished semi-professional ice hockey player. He still sometimes plays for local teams, but luckily for Britain, he stuck to skiing.