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Who will light the Paris cauldron in 2024?


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First post after luring for many years.  Don't shoot me :)

My wife and I went through this tonight:

Guy Drut - On the organizing committee and skeletons in the closet

David Douilet - as above

Marie José Pérec is a strong choice locally (1996 was a big Olympics for France) as is Riner if he has retired by then. 1996 was bang in the middle of the EPO years though

The brother of Alexis Vastine could be a good symbol, but won't happen.

Zidane wasn't an Olympian as far as I know.

If Romain Bardet wins the Tour de France between now and then perhaps. Similar if someone wins Roland Garros

Jean François Lamour?  Galfione?

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Yeah, the French have a quirky record insofar as the Cauldron Lighters for the O-Games they have hosted.  

For Grenoble 1968, they got the first one right with Alain Calmat, a figure skater, if I recall.  But at the (indoor) Closing, they had Daniel Robin, a wrestler from the local Grenoble area reIight the indoor flame.

For Albertville 1992, it was footballer Michael Platini and a little boy do the honors.

I think if there is NO stand-out French star from Tokyo 2020, then they can always go with a child again (a girl who will be the future "Marianne" as in the logo) or both.  If a Frenchman (or woman in the Women's category) wins the Tour de France that year, then either of those could possibly light the cauldron.  

 

 

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It's NOT going to Marie Jose Perec for 2024.  She will already be a has-been by then.  It will be some new French sensation (hopefully sports) who's burst into the scene over the next few years and will still be a hot name by 2024.  If there are NO breakout French sports stars, they might dip into those with humanitairian records -- like maybe the founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres or something like that.  

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Oops.  Poor guy; he's not going to get to light the 2024 cauldron.  

French adventurer dies rowing across the Atlantic (msn.com) 

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A 75-year-old Frenchman who was trying to row across the Atlantic Ocean has been found dead at sea, his support team said.

Adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin had previously made the crossing in a large barrel in 2019.

"Unfortunately, this time the ocean was stronger than our friend, who loved sailing and the sea so much," a statement on his Facebook page said.

Savin had triggered two distress beacons on Thursday night.

His family had not heard any news from him since, and "were hoping for a glimmer of hope, and even good news," the Facebook statement said. But on Friday Savin's canoe was found overturned off the Azores, an island chain in the North Atlantic Ocean, by Portuguese maritime officials.

The exact circumstances of his death have not yet been determined.

The former military paratrooper, who celebrated his 75th birthday at sea last week with foie gras and champagne, set off from Sagres in southern Portugal on 1 January, with the aim of crossing the ocean solo.


Repose en paix, M. Savin.  

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Depending on how France does at the World Cup at the end of the year.  Right now, Earwin Ngapeth of the men's French volleyball team (who won gold in Tokyo 2020, beating Russia) and/or Gabriella Papadakis/Cizeron I think are the leading candidates to be the final lighters.  The French tend to mix up their summer - winter - even non-Olympic athletes.  

Tokyo 2020 Volleyball - Olympic Results by Discipline (olympics.com) 

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Nah, we have to wait until the very last minute for this.  If a Frenchperson wins the 2024 Tour de France and no French person has won Wimbledon or Roland Garros, that cyclist will surely light the 2024 cauldron--if there are no other break-out Franch sports stars before then.  Right now, indoor volleyball player Earvin Ngapeth is probably the closest thing to a superstar for the moment.  

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