Growing up in the shadow of fellow La Clusaz, France, native Candide Thovex, Loic didn't get noticed until landing second on the podium at the 2005 FIS World Championships in Ruka, Finland. "It's crazy how aggressive he was as an unknown, says Dynastar International team manager Phil Dion, who took the youngster under his wing. "It blew away everybody.
Loic dominated the 2005 New Zealand Freeski Open, placing first in slopestyle and superpipe over perennial X Games medalists Jon Olsson and Charles Gagnier. Six months later, he came in second at the 2006 U.S. Freeskiing Open superpipe in Vail and barely missed the podium at the X Games superpipe.
Loic tweaks his grabs like they owe him money, a habit that makes for unique rotations and body positions. Lately he's been working on a never-before-seen cab 1080 with a deranged mute-to-reverse-mute grab.
"His desire to do things his own way is making the ski industries in both Europe and North America take notice, says Level 1 Productions' Josh Berman, whose latest movie, Long Story Short, features a segment on Loic.