A general view of Albertville
Coat of arms
|Coordinates: 45°40′36″N 6°23′36″E|
|• Mayor (2017-2020)||Frédéric Burnier-Framboret|
|17.54 km2 (6.77 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||328–2,030 m (1,076–6,660 ft) |
(avg. 352 m or 1,155 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The town is best known for hosting the 1992 Winter Olympics.
The modern city of Albertville was formed in 1836 by King Charles Albert of Sardinia, who merged the medieval town of Conflans, which has buildings dating back to the 14th century, with the town of L'Hôpital. Since then, Albertville has developed trade between France, Italy and Switzerland. Industries such as paper mills and hydroelectricity can be found along its river.
The 1992 Winter Olympics were organised in the Savoie region, with Albertville hosting it. Some of the sports venues were later adapted for other uses. Some sports venues still remain such as the ice rink, La halle de glace Olympique, designed by the architect Jacques Kalisz. Despite this, the town remains more industrial than touristic.
In 2003, the town was labelled a "Town of art and history".
Notable people from Albertville
- Gérard Mourou (born 1944), Nobel Prize winner in Physics, 2018
- Justine Braisaz (born 1996), world and Olympic medalist in biathlon
- Jean-Luc Crétier (born 1966), Olympic champion in alpine skiing (WOC 1998, downhill)
- Léa Lemare (born 1996), ski jumper and national champion
- Florine De Leymarie (born 1981), skier
- Adrien N'Goma, rugby player
- Jérôme Jarre (born 1990), comedian on Vine (app)
Sites of interest
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