A first for freestyle, the return to business of alpine skiing.
Kevin Rolland and Tessa Worley, designated flag bearers for the French team at the Beijing Olympics (February 4-20) are turning the page on a preserve of Nordic skiing since 2010.
On the one hand, one of the most beautiful prize lists of women's alpine skiing, on the other the story of a miracle of the springboards.
The Worley-Rolland tandem defied the odds to win the votes of their peers.
The pocket giantist (1.58m) and the halfpipe acrobat will carry the tricolor in the Bird's Nest during the opening ceremony on February 4.
A first for the Winter Games
This man-woman duo, modeled on the Agbégnénou-Aït Saïd pair in Tokyo, is a first for the Winter Games.
Tessa Worley and Kevin Rolland, who will try to lead the Blues beyond the record of 15 medals in Sochi and PyeongChang, succeed the five-time Olympic biathlon champion Martin Fourcade (2018) who has since put his rifle away.
Queen discipline of the Winter Games, alpine skiing had not had the honor of carrying the French flag since the Salt Lake City Olympics twenty years ago and Carole Montillet, crowned Olympic downhill champion a few days after the ceremony of 'opening.
Pinturault and Laffont gave up
Something to inspire the double giant slalom world champion Tessa Worley (32), who is only missing an Olympic medal from her rich record – 15 World Cup victories and a giant globe in 2017. elsewhere.
Survivor Kevin Rolland (32), halfpipe bronze medalist at the Sochi Games in 2014 and returned from a serious accident in 2019, completes this tandem without Gabriella Papadakis or Guillaume Cizeron.
The skating couple, favorite for the title in ice dancing after their silver medal four years ago, were however a serious candidate for the duo of flag bearers.
As for Alexis Pinturault and Perrine Laffont, two very solid candidates too, as winner of the general classification of the Alpine Skiing World Cup and Olympic champion in mogul skiing in PyeongChang, they gave up for a question of calendar.
Benjamin Daviet, flag bearer at the Paralympic Games
The pair of flag bearers was designated by a college made up of two “ambassadors” per federation competing in the Games, each time a man and a woman, elected by the public via social networks.
Biathlete and cross-country skier Benjamin Daviet, who has won six Paralympic medals (including three gold), was named flag bearer for the Paralympic Games (March 4-13) by a vote of French para-athletes appearing in the pre-list for the Beijing Games.
He succeeds Marie Bochet, eight-time Paralympic alpine ski champion.
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