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Paris 2024: our 24 French favorites in the race for the Olympics


Until July 26, 2024, date of the opening ceremony of the Paris Games, Le Parisien invites you to follow 24 athletes as closely as possible.

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There is no age to dream of an Olympic medal and it is not necessary to have the extraordinary track record of certain great French champions to imagine yourself at the top of the bill.

Especially when the biggest sporting event in the world is taking place in his country.

There are hundreds of athletes to imagine wearing the tricolor outfit from July 26 to August 11, 2024 for the Olympic Games, or from August 28 to September 8 for the Paralympics.

"Le Parisien" - "Today in France" has chosen 24. Twenty-four "favourites" from different backgrounds, each with a background, a story that they will share with our readers.

Regularly, they will talk about their preparation for the Games, evoke their passions, their hopes, sometimes their doubts and inevitably this creeping stress, as the deadline approaches.

Thanks to them, we will enter the unique world of high-level athletes.

Some, like the swordsman Pauline Ranvier, silver in Tokyo, have already been on an Olympic podium.

The oldest of our “favourites”, Roger-Yves Bost, 57, even covered himself with gold in Rio in 2016, when Nantenin Keïta won four Paralympic medals.

There is something intoxicating about the Games.

So much so that the boxer Souleymane Cissokho, turned professional after his bronze medal in 2016, chose to go through the confidential Olympic tournaments in the hope of being in Paris.

Our favorites are also athletes who grew up in the shadow of great champions, such as triathlete Emma Lombardi or judoka Blandine Pont, whom we imagine one day as great as Amandine Buchard, who had taken her under his wing and invited to the Étoiles du sport, a gathering of champions.

The discreet table tennis player Prithika Pavade has just turned 18, and will compete in the Olympics on her land, in Seine-Saint-Denis, a department which will host several sites, including the Olympic village.

The youngest, Sya Dembélé, is only 16 years old.

In the world of breaking, an event which is entering the Olympic programme, her name is Syssy and she too dreams of being in Paris.

A real favorite.

Olympic Games

  • Marjorie Delassus, 24 years old canoeing

  • B-Girl Syssy, Sya Dembélé, 16, breaking.

  • Blandine Pont, 24, judo.

  • Mathilde Gros, 23, track cycling.

  • Matthias Dandois, 33, BMX.

  • Cyrian Ravet, 20, taekwondo.

  • Emma Lombardi, 21, triathlon.

  • Souleymane Cissokho, 31, boxing.

  • Kendra Dacher, 23, wrestles.

  • Lisa Barbelin, 22, archery.

  • Prithika Pavade, 18, table tennis.

  • Erwan Konaté, 19 years old, athletics.

  • Pauline Ranvier, 28, fencing.

  • Séraphine Okemba, 27, rugby.

  • Kellian Paes, 20, volleyball

  • Laetitia Guapo, 27, 3 x 3 basketball.

  • Hadrien Salvan, 25, swimming.

  • Charlotte and Laura Tremble, 23, synchronized swimming.

  • Roger-Yves Bost, 57, horseback riding.

Paralympic Games

  • Nantenin Keïta, 37, athletics.

  • Emmanuelle Mörch, 32 years old, tennis.

  • Fabrice Morgado, 31, soccer.

  • Nelia Barbosa, 24, canoe.

  • Solène Sache, 19 years old, swimming.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2023-01-21

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