Charles Bozon was one of the top French skiiers in the late 1950s, winning six French titles – downhill in 1956-57, and slalom and giant slalom in 1956 and 1961. He won an Olympic bronze medal in the slalom at Squaw Valley in 1960. As the Olympics in that era doubled as World Championships, Bozon also claimed World Championship silver medals in the combined in both 1956 and 1960, but these were not Olympic events. At the separate World Championships, Bozon won a gold medal in the slalom in 1962 in his hometown of Chamonix. Bozon was tragically killed in July 1964 in an avalanche on the Aiguille Verte, along with three climbing companions, in the mountains of the Haute Savoie near Mont Blanc. The road from Chamonix to Perpignan was later named in his honor.