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Gregory Alldritt is a French rugby union player. At only 23, he is one of the Stade Rochelais’ key players as well as one France National Team’s new sensations.
Gregory started playing rugby at only 5 at SA Condom, his hometown club. He would eventually join the local powerhouse in 2006 : the FC Auch. In 2015, he became part of their Elite squad, at the third national division of French rugby. His performances allowed him to be transferred 2 seasons later to one of France’s best professional clubs : the Stade Rochelais. Just 10 appearances at the Elite level were enough to convince the team executives to make him one of their cornerstones for the following season.
With worthy performances in Top 14, Gregory became one of the 2018-2019 season new sensations. As a result, he was selected for the first time in 2019 in the French National Team that took part in the 6 Nations Tournament. Fee is now considered as one Frannce National Team main fixtures.
With a fairly mild mannered personality outside of the pitch, Grégory comes from a very diverse lineage that includes both Scottish and South African heritage. He is fully bilingual and is also pursuing engineering studies. He could very well morph into one of French rugby’s main figures for the many years to come.
Rudy Gobert is a professional basketball player. At 28, he is the first-team center and the star player of Utah Jazz in NBA and of the French National Team.
Rudy begins basketball at 11 at the JSC St Quentin club. He makes steady progress but his size is still in the average. His outstanding potential only catches the eye of the Cholet Basket Club. He wins several titles in the youth categories that grant him access to the Junior French National Team.
In 2011, Rudy joins the Elite pro section of his club. He ends up best shot blocker for his 2nd season only. The same year he remains the youngest player to be selected at the local All-Star Game. In 2013, Rudy was selected at 27th rank during the NBA Draft. Thanks to his performances, Rudy gets selected for the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge and for the 2017 All-NBA Second Team. He was awarded twice as NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. 2020 is the year of Rudy’s consecration as he was selected at the NBA All-Star Game for the first time.
Rudy played a key role with the French National Team by winning the bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships and the 2019 World Cup.
As a blatantly assertive men, Rudy Gobert displays great ambitions for his NBA club, the French National Team, as well as himself. He is now considered as one of the most important French Sportsmen.
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde is a 28-year-old French athlete – 110m hurdles specialist. Affiliated at the ES Montgeron in Paris, he is flatly the French Record holder of his discipline.
In Junior category Pascal wins his first French championship title in 2008. He distinguishes himself by his title of Youth World Champion in 2010.
In 2012, Pascal wins his first French Senior title after defeating the former World Champion Ladji Doucouré. He prolongs that performance during the European Championship by finishing with the Bronze medal. From 2013 to 2017, he performs a series of successes, including 5 French indoor National titles, 1 Diamond League title (2014), 2 silver medals at the World Indoor Championships (2014, 2016) as well as European title (2015). In 2018 he won his first international title with the Gold medal at the European Championship. At the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Pascal wins one of only two France medals with the Bronze.
Passionate about new technologies, Pascal has a very likeable and spontaneous personality. With his people skills as well as strong track record, he is surely a fan favorite. He is aiming a major international outdoor title, which would solidify his status as a French sports icon.
Alexandra Recchia is probably the most well-known French Karateka. At 31, an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo will be a crowning achievement.
In 2006, she starts winning international medals during European and World Championships.
She gets to Senior category in 2008, and quickly starts to be a part of the bests. During her first World Championships, she wins a Bronze medal. 2012 is the recognition year for Alexandra. She wins her first individual World Championship, at the Paris Bercy tournament. This victory still is the most significant of her international career. Up to now, Alexandra is 3 times European Champion (2011, 2013, 2016), 5 times individual and team World Champion (2010, 2012, 2016), 1 time gold medalist at the World Games (2017).
Thanks to her lawyer background, Alexandra is able to show strictness and self-discipline. As a physical exercises addict, she has a really good popularity in social networks. She’s now focuses on the last objective of her career: Olympic Gold Medal at Tokyo 2020.
Yannick Borel is a French top-level fencer. This 31 years old épée practitioner has progressively set foot into the “invincibles” group. He is surely becoming the current face of the French fencing discipline.
Yannick starts practicing his sport in Pointe à Pitre fencing in Guadeloupe. At the age of 19 he leaves his native island to settle in Metropolitan France. After spending a few months at the Youth Academy in Reims, he rapidly integrates the French National Sport Institute in 2008. In 2011 he joins the Levallois Sporting Club and takes part in his first international Senior competitions. He will waste very little time to earn his first international podiums.
To everyone’s surprise he qualifies individually for his first Olympic Games in 2012, in London. He does it again in 2016 after winning the European Championship in Torun. He will go on to win the Olympic team title in Brazil.
As he is now commanding one of the strongest prize-list in French fencing, Yannick is aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At 32 he may reach his highest mental and physical capacities. More than ever he will target a double Olympic podium.
Chloé Cornu WongChloé Cornu-Wong is a young French Hongkonguese skier. At only 15 years old, she’s already facing some of the best talents of the international circuits under the Hong-Kong banner.Growing up in Nice (France), between mountain and sea, Chloe developed very early an appetite for board sports. At 8 years old, she took part in her first ski competition. The passion for downhill skiing only grew then. As a member of the Nice Interclub, she crossed path with quite a few champions, current and of the past, which only reinforced her desire to continue on this quest.Chloe is quite proud of her Hongkonguese heritage, through her mom. She enjoys going back home to recharge as much as the distance allows her to. In 2017, she chose to compete on international tournaments under the Hongkonguese flag. This choice was well repaid since then as she was able to maintain her presence without interruption in the National Team.As a civilian, Chloe is a discrete, charming and thoughtful young woman. Beyond her performances on the slopes, she’s well aware of her role model status among a new generation of Honkonguese whose skiing activities are still only bourgeoning. Skiing was thus far only accessible to a scarce minority in greater China. Its now growing popularity could offer Chloe a wonderful platform to inspire and influence her pairs.
Aby Gaye is a 25-year-old professional basketball player. She is considered as one of the biggest potential for the French National Team as a center.
Aby started playing basketball at the age of 12. She quickly joined the Regional Youth Center after being passing through the club of Orly. At 15 she integrated the French Youth Academy. Aby won several titles with the Youth French National Team. She is twice European Champion (2012 and 2014) and World runner-up (2013).
In 2013, Aby discovered the Elite pro section with the club of Toulouse Métropole Basketball. Two years later, she signed for the club of Villeneuve d’Ascq and played a leading role in the French Championship. She was EuroCup runner-up in 2016 and won the French championship title in 2017. In spite of this she decided to integrate the club of Tarbes with which she was France runner-up in 2018. Since 2019, Aby is playing in Landes Basketball club.
Concurrently with her sporting career, Aby is following Political Sciences studies in Paris. As a civilian, Aby is a woman of conviction since her childhood. She created a philanthropic initiative named Terang’Aby which aim is to educate and raise awareness of young Senegalese women through sport.
Olivier Nyokas is a 34-year-old professional handball player. He and his twin brother Kevynn are a rare duo playing at the highest level of their sport.
Olivier discovered handball at school at the age of 14. His qualities are obvious. He signed at UMS Pontault-Combault in 2004 and then at Paris Handball in 2006.
In 2008, Olivier is loaned to BM Alcobendas, in the second Spanish division. He won the championship and continued in the Liga ASOBAL for two more seasons. During the 2009-2010 season, Olivier returns to France, joining US Créteil. In 2014, he took a step forward by joining Balingen-Weilstetten and its highly contested German championship. In 2016, he joined HBC Nantes and finished as runners-up in the French championship in 2017 and as finalist in the Champions League in 2018.
Performing well with the German club, Olivier made his first selection in the French National Team in 2015, during the Golden League. At the 2016 Rio Games, he won the Olympic vice-champion title. The following year, he earned the Gold medal at the World Championship.
With his down-to-earth personality, Olivier is an esteemed player, both for his playing skills as well as his social skills that make him a key element to any group dynamic.
Isabelle Yacoubou is a French international basket-baller who plays at the center position. Having played for several European powerhouses, she has earned 2 Euroleague titles and is widely considered as one of the best in the World at her position.
She was detected in Bénin by the Club of Tarbes where she eventually won 2 national titles and a MVP title during her last season in France. She then joined the Famila Schio club in Italy where she won another national title. Several prestigious clubs would follow the years after : Valencia in Spain, Spartak Moscow in Russia as well as Fenerbahçe İstanbul in Turkey.
She’s selected for the first time by the French National Team in 2009. She will earn the gold medal of the Euro Championship that same year as well as a bronze medal in that same competition in 2011, and two silver medals in 2013 and 2015. At the London Olympics, she earns with the “braqueuses” a silver medal after an epic battle against the American National Team. With 147 selections with the French National Team, Isabelle has just put an end to her international career.
After a short period in China, she has come back to play for Famila Schio for the last three years. She is still considered as one of the best European centers. This 2016-2017 season, she has noticeably reached the playoffs finals in the italian league. Outside of the court, Isabelle is an easy going woman who’s full of humor. More than ever, she is planning on supporting causes that help the youth in Africa and beyond.
Jean Michel Lucenay is a French épée fencer, who competes for the Aulnay fencing club. Gifted with extraordinary athletic qualities, Lucenay was quickly spotted by the Pôle France, the national coaching center for the country’s top fencers, which he joined in 1998. He is part of one of the most talented generations of French fencing history along with the Jeannet brothers.
He was in the group of fencers that were named the “invincibles,” because they won seven consecutive titles in major international competitions between 2005 and 2011, without ever being defeated.
World Champion in the team event in 2002, Lucenay won the University World champion title in 2003, after winning the team gold medal at the European Championships. 2010 was a sensational year for Lucenay. He won the European individual épée title, as well as the World Champion title in a thrilling final against the United States. In 2013, Lucenay has won the Mediterranean Games and has taken back the World team title in 2014 with the French squad.
Jean-Michel’s starts 2016 with the individual bronze and team gold at the European championships in Torun. That same year he earns the only title missing to his enduring career: the team Olympic Gold at Rio. After 15 years playing at a top level, Jean-Michel has announced he would retire from fencing just after the 2017 World Championships.
Lucie Décosse is unquestionably the leader of feminine French judo. She won her first international title in 2002 and since then has ranked among the best athletes in her class.
She won her first senior world title in 2005. She became the third French world champion in this category, sixteen years after Catherine Fleury. She then joined the newly formed Lagardère Paris Racing Club, the result of a merger between the “Paris Judo” and “Racing Club de France” clubs.
In 2008, Lucie Décosse qualified for her second Olympic Games. She reached the final, losing against defending Olympic champion, Ayumi Tanimoto, in a memorable match. She then decided to switch to the -70kg category, winning the World Championships in Tokyo in 2010.
In 2011, Lucie Décosse won the Paris Bercy tournament for the seventh time, thus setting a new record for the largest number of victories in the most prestigious tournament in the world. She won her third World Championship at this same sporting venue later in the year.
She is now also an Olympic champion, having won the only title that was missing from her outstanding record. This ultimate accolade placed her at the top of the hierarchy of French women’s judo today. Now retired from her sport, she dedicates herself to transmitting her craft to the youth in France and many other parts of the World.
Florent Pietrus joined the Pau-Orthez training center in 1996. He was followed by his brother Mickaël in 1997, and together, they quickly asserted themselves as two of the greatest hopes in French basketball.
The eldest of the Pietrus brothers, Florent was part of the Pau generation of players, led by Claude Bergeaud, which won almost every possible championship title in France between 2001 and 2003. After the departure of Boris Diaw and his brother for the NBA in 2003, he spent a last season in Pau, winning his third title, before moving to Spain.
There, Florent Pietrus won the King’s Cup in 2005, and in the following season, he won the Spanish championship with his club Unicaja Malaga. He then joined another Spanish club, Estudiantes Madrid. At the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, he signed with Valencia Basket Club. Florent was back to France in 2013, and signed with the SLUC Nancy before joining the BCM Gravelines in 2016.
Additionally, he has been one of the senior players in the French national team for more than 10 years. His defense and his striking presence on the boards made him one of the principal architects of France’s third-place finish at the European Championships in 2005. In 2011, he became European vice champion and won the actual title in 2013. He has won two medals (bronze this time) at the World championship in Grenada in 2014 and at the European championship in 2015.
Florent has just stopped his international career at 230 selections and 14 years spent with the French National Team. At 36, he is to this day the third most capped player of the French National Team history. He will retire from professional basketball just at the end of the 2017 season.
Mickaël Gelabale plays for the French national basketball team as a forward. At only 21, he joined one of the best European teams, Real Madrid, winning the Spanish league in 2005. The same year, he was also on the French national team, winning a bronze medal at the FIBA European Basketball Championship (EuroBasket).
In 2006, Gelabale was selected in the NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, where he played for two years before returning to France. In 2009, he wins the French title with Cholet Basket and ends named MVP (most valuable player) in the final at Paris Bercy. He was also voted best Pro A player in the 2010-2011 season while playing at ASVEL as their team captain.
After multiple seasons in European powerhouses (Belgium, Russia, Croatia, and Spain), Mickaël goes back to the French elite championship. He has won again the French first division title with Limoges. He is now playing with Le Mans Sarthe Basket.
Mickaël Gelabale was a key element when his country won the silver medal at the 2011 EuroBasket and then the gold medal of this same competition in 2013. He helped the French squad to earn two bronze medals, one at the Grenada World Championships in 2014 and the other one at the European Championships in 2015. After finishing 6th at the Rio Olympics, Mickäel puts an end to his international career. He reached 147 selections with “les Bleus”.
Alexandra Jupiter is a professional beach-volley player. At 30, she is a member of the French pair ranked N°1 nationally in her sport.
Alexandra was introduced to volleyball at an early age, as part of a family long invested in the sport. She develops early a preference for the practice on sand. In 2004, as a 14-year-old teenager, she moves to the US with her mother. She is randomly detected on a California beach. This will precipitate her return to indoor volleyball while earning her various scholarships. From 2004 to 2008, she plays for the Sunshine Volleyball Club before joining the prestigious USC Trojans until 2011.
At 23, Alexandra took the opportunity to join the French National Volleyball Team at the 2013 European Championship. On this occasion, she came back to France and joined ES Le Cannet club. The following year she decided to focus exclusively on beach practice. On sand, Alexandra is now a Silver medalist at the 2018 Mediterranean Games and a Gold medalist at the 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games. She could very well qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games to come.
Walide Khyar is a 25 years old French judo practitioner. He competes in the men’s 60kg Category. He is one of the biggest potentials for a French Tokyo Olympics Game’s Gold medal.
Walide started Judo at 7, at the Blanc-Mesnil club. He has become established both for his willpower and his fighting spirit. In 2010, he gets to the Pôle France Orléans. After that, big performances in International Championships come one after another. He ends 2015 as a world n°1 ranked Junior.
In 2016, he easily gets used to Senior category. He wins a Bronze medal in the Grand Slam Tournament, in Paris. Few months later, he takes everyone by surprise and win the European Championship with his Ippon at the very end of the final. At 20, this victory made him the youngest judo artist European Champion.
After an appearance at Rio, Walide starts 2018 with a title at the Grand Slam in Tunis. His next target is now Tokyo 2020. Given to his both precocious talent and uncommon career path, he probably could be the next headline of the men’s French Judo.
At 28, Kevin Tillie is a professional volleyball player. He is the 2nd of 3 well known athletes siblings and the son of Laurent Tillie, a former international volleyball player. Unlike his brothers who chose basketball, Kevin has followed his father’s steps and embraced volleyball.
After learning the ropes at the CNVB, Kevin made the decision to join the North American University system. He enlisted at Thompson-Rivers University in Canada in 2009. Two years later, he transferred to UC Irvine in California, where he won the NCAA championship twice.
In 2013 Kevin signed his first professional contract in Ravenna, Italy. Then he played for Arkasspor Izmir in Turkey as well as Kedzierzyn-Kozle in Poland. Kevin then explored the Chinese championship while playing for Beijing, then made his return to Europe in Modena and later Warsaw, where he still play today.
Kevin entered the French National Team in 2012, when he was only 21. He has become one of its pillars while conquering the World League and the Euro in 2015.
With quite an eclectic background, Kevin has a unique profile in French volleyball. Amicable and down to earth, he cultivates a very positive reputation and remains one of his National Team headliners.
Axelle Etienne is a French racing cyclist specialized in BMX. At only 22, she’s already making a strong impression in the Elite category. She has already won two French national titles and is already considered as a serious threat by the stars of her discipline.
Axelle starts BMX at the age of 8. Gifted with a very precocious talent, she is quickly recruited by the club of Lempdes BMX Auvergne before joining the French Youth Academy of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in 2015.
From 2014 to 2017, she has surpassed her competition in almost every major junior tournament. She has consequently won an impressive list French National titles, as well as European and World titles. For her first participation to a World Elite championship, in 2017, she finishes fifth among all the major riders of her sport.
As a civilian, Axelle is a very leveled and upbeat young woman. She is currently studying physiotherapy, in the Paris Region. Given her skill level, she is already considered as a once in a generation talent in France. She can hope for a first Olympic medal at the Tokyo games in 2 years. She’s more certain to reach her peak for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024, which could give her a once in a lifetime exposure as great champion.