From Olympic Glory to Behind the Scenes: The Stories of Athletes Turned Organizers at Paris 2024

From Olympic Glory to Behind the Scenes: The Stories of Athletes Turned Organizers at Paris 2024

Against the grain, they went from the light to the shadows: they participated in the Olympics, some even won medals, but now they have moved behind the scenes and into preparation.

There is of course Tony Estanguet, three-time Olympic canoe champion, now head of the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee. But also Brice Guyart, the foil fencer who won gold in Athens and Sydney, today responsible for the commission of athletes. Or even – more original – the sprinter Bruno Marie-Rose, bronze medalist in Seoul in the relay, and who today manages IT and cybersecurity at Paris 2024.

And then there are others who stay in their specialty

This is the case of Sébastien Flute, Olympic archery champion in 1992 in Barcelona who is now responsible for setting up the competition site for archers at Les Invalides, one of the most beautiful sites in these Olympic Games moreover where the Breton, aged 52 today, would have loved to compete.

“I’m much too old for that,” laughs Sébastien Flute, “but every time I arrive here in the morning I tell myself that all the same, it’s not every day that we have the Grand-Palais in face, the Hôtel des Invalides in the back and the Eiffel Tower on the side.

After experiencing the Olympics on the podium, then in the stands as a coach, Sébastien Flute is now discovering another side of the Olympic Games. “I don’t know if it’s a way of closing the loop but it’s a way of writing another beautiful page,” rejoices the native of Brest.

A new mission because he still has to manage a team of 2,000 people: crane operators, lighting companies and even installers of temporary stands. Because the site will accommodate 8,000 spectators, it’s enormous for archery, eight times more than during the previous Olympics.

So those who have even more pressure are those who will try at the Invalides in a month to succeed him on the prize list. Because Sébastien Flute still remains today the only French archer who is an Olympic champion.

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2024-06-20 05:15:00
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