In pictures: Ten French athletes to watch at the Rio Olympics
Some 400 French athletes will be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics that kick off in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. From an Olympic delegation brimming with talent, FRANCE 24 has picked 10 champions who are likely to leave their mark in Brazil.
Teddy Riner, 27, Judo
The young judoka is France’s flag bearer in Rio for a reason. At just 27, Riner has won eight world championships in the heavyweight division and is the Olympic defending champion.
Vasily Maximov, AFP
Clarisse Agbegnenou, 23, Judo
If there is any doubt that France has become an incubator for world-class judokas, look no further than Agbegnenou. She became a world champion in the -63kg division in 2014, but had to settle for silver last year. In Rio she will be chasing her first Olympic medal.
Vasily Maximov, AFP
Tony Parker, 34, Basketball
After winning four NBA championships during his 16 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, and gold at the 2013 EuroBasket championships, Parker has little left to prove in an already legendary career. An Olympic medal would be the cherry on the cake.
Charly Triballeau, AFP
Louisa Cadamuro, 29, Football
Better known by her maiden name, Necib, the attacking midfielder’s technical skill and Algerian ancestry have prompted comparisons with football legend Zinédine Zidane. Olympic silverware eluded Cadamuro and her teammates at the Women’s World Cup in 2011 and a year later at the London Games; they're now on a quest to change that.
Franck Fife, AFP
Nikola Karabatic, 32, Handball
A living legend for handball fans, Karabatic has won three European and World Championship titles in the past ten years, in addition to winning Olympic gold in Beijing and London. He could make it three in a row in Rio.
Frederick Florin, AFP
Charline Picon, 31, Sailing
At the London Games she finished in a paltry eighth place in the women’s windsurfing competition. But since then Picon has won two European titles and became the World Champion in 2014. She now appears set for her Olympic moment.
William West, AFP
Renaud Lavillenie, 29, Pole Vault
Lavillenie thrilled French fans by winning gold in London four years ago, but then accomplished the unimaginable in 2014 when he broke Sergey Bubka’s 21-year-old world record. Could he have another surprise in store for Rio?
Eric Feferberg, AFP
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, 24, Cycling
The young cyclist could bring home more than one medal for France. Last year she became the first person in the history of cycling to hold both the World Cyclo-cross title and the World mountain bike title.
Fred Tanneau, AFP
Florent Manaudou, 25, Swimming
Kid brother to French swimming legend Laure Manaudou, Florent made his own name by winning gold in the 50-metre freestyle in London. He hopes to repeat the feat in Rio and help the Frenchmen defend their title in the 4x100m freestyle relay event.
Thierry Zoccolan, AFP
Aurélie Muller, 26, Marathon swimming
While she won a few international swimming titles in junior divisions, Muller eventually found her niche by switching from the pool to open water. Last year she won the 10-kilometre race at the world championships in Russia and wants to prove she is still the world best in Brazil.
Jean-Sebastien Evrard, AFP