The military contingent (known as l’Armée des Champions, or Army of Champions) of the French athletic delegation to the Olympic Games, which have just ended in Rio de Janeiro, can be proud of the 12 medals it contributed to France’s total of 42.
In addition to the ones we wrote about on 15 August and on 10 August, two more medals, a silver and a bronze, were won respectively by Chief Brigadier Elodie Clouvel in the modern Pentathlon and by Petty Officer Camille Lecointre and Ordinary Seawoman Hélène Defrance in the 470 sailing class.
Clouvel started her athletic career as a swimmer. But after failing to make the French swimming team for the Beijing Olympics, she was recruited by the French Pentathlon Federation and was 20 when she first tried her hand at fencing, riding and shooting. She had just four years to be good enough at these new sports to make the Olympic Team for the London Games (she came in 31st). “So, these past four years I’ve been working on building solid bases to go and get this Olympic medal but I feel that I haven’t peaked yet. There are things that I still need to master. I feel like going further and higher.” So we can probably expect to see her at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!