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2024 Olympics: these 8 athletes we hope to see shine at the Paris Games

Who are the most promising athletes of their generation? Overview at the dawn of the Paris Games.

While the qualifications for the athletes who will represent France at the Olympic and Paralympic Games have not been finalized in all disciplines, here our eight favorite sports cars who we hope to see wearing the tricolor bib this summer.

Amandine Buchard

The judoka from Martinique has been selected to compete in the under 52kg category this summer. A three-time world champion, the 28-year-old multi-medalist has already won individual silver and gold with the French team at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.

Paoletta Foppa

At just 23 years old, the player international handball The Frenchman plays as a pivot. She has already won the titles of European champion in 2018, Olympic champion in 2021 and world champion in 2023 with the French team. If the official selection for handball has not yet been revealed, it is a safe bet that Montargooise will be competing this summer.

Ysaora Thibus

The fencer from Guadeloupe was crowned foil world champion in Cairo in 2022. Although her participation in this summer’s Games was all but guaranteed, the athlete tested positive in mid-January for an anabolic agent, ostarine. Temporarily suspended, Ysaora Thibus pleads contamination and she hopes to be cleared by the disciplinary commission of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) which is expected to deliver its verdict in early June. The final list of those selected for the foil will then be known on 8 July.

Pauline Déroulède

Three-time French wheelchair tennis champion Pauline Déroulède has dreamed of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games ever since her life-changing accident six years earlier. Hit by a motorist on a Parisian sidewalk and then amputated of her left leg, the sportswoman took part in her first Roland Garros and the US Open last year.


B-Girl Syssy

Sya Dembélé won the bronze medal at the 2023 European Breakdance Championships and the bronze medal at the World Championships the same year.

Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos

Women and men, Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos is the most successful Frenchwoman at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships, thanks to the four medals won at the age of 23. Her team also won a bronze medal at the world championships in 2023.

Oriane Bertone

At just 18 years old, the climber is the first Italian climber to have secured a ticket to the Games, winning the European climbing qualifying tournament in Laval last October, two months after winning a silver medal at the World Championships.

Matilde Gros

A track cycling specialist, she is considered one of the most promising athletes in world cycling. She is notably the individual speed world champion in 2022 and double European keirin champion in 2018 and 2019. While her team failed to qualify for the three-person events, Mathilde Gros is in a good position to participate in the individual.


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