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Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from France  

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This is a list of the greatest Olympic athletes from France, with photos when available. These are the best French Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. French athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which French Olympian is the best of them all?

You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from France is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is. Examples of best Olympic athletes from France includes Joël Chenal, Sandrine Bailly, Boris Sanson, and many more.

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite France Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on France. If you enjoy this list of best Olympic athletes from France, head on over and check out this list on the best Olympic athletes from Australia.

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Marie Dorin Habert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's 7.5 km Sprint, Women's 4x6 km Relay Marie Dorin is a biathlete.

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Olivier Schoenfelder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Olivier Schoenfelder is a French ice dancer. With partner Isabelle Delobel, he is the 2008 World champion, the 2007 European and the 2008 Grand Prix Final champion.

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Sandrine Bailly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's 4x6 km Relay Sandrine Bailly is a former French biathlete. She was most successful in the 2004–05 season, when she could win the overall World Cup, and in the 2007–08 season, when she finished second. In ...more

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Alain Bernard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 100m freestyle, Men's 50m freestyle Alain Bernard is a former French swimmer from Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône. Bernard won a total of four medals at two Olympic Games. He also won numerous medals at the World Championships and ...more

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Marie Laure Brunet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay Marie Laure Brunet is a biathlete.

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Tessa Worley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Tessa Worley is a World Cup alpine ski racer and non-commissioned officer from France. She competes in all five alpine disciplines and specializes in giant slalom. Born in Annemasse, in the ...more

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Vanessa James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Vanessa James is a French pair skater. With partner Morgan Ciprès, she has won four international medals and is a two-time French national champion. They have finished as high as fourth ...more

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Grégory Baugé is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Track cycling, Olympic Sprint Grégory Baugé is a French professional racing cyclist. He is a nine-time world champion in track cycling, after being stripped of two titles in January 2012.

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Nelly Moenne Loccoz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Nelly Moenne Loccoz is a snowboarder from France. She competed for France at the 2010 Winter Olympics in snowboard cross, finishing sixth. Moenne Loccoz later captured a silver medal at the 2011 ...more

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Yannick Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Yannick Bertrand is an alpine skier.

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Lucie Décosse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight) Lucie Décosse is a retired female French judoka.

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Steeve Guénot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling, Lightweight 60 - 66kg Steeve François Fabien Guénot is a French wrestler who won the Gold medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He became the first Olympic ...more

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Amaury Leveaux is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 50m freestyle Amaury Leveaux is a French swimmer from Belfort. Leveaux is the current world record holder in the 100 m freestyle. He formerly held the world records in the 50 m freestyle and the 50 m ...more

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Guillaume Gille is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's handball Guillaume Alain Gille, is a retired handballer from France, having last played for Chambéry SH. He was the winner of the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and is the older ...more

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Olivier Girault is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's handball Olivier Girault is a now retired French team handball player, who is currently the coach of the Paris Handball team. He retired as a field player in 2008 after the victory of the France national ...more

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Celine Lecompere is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Celine Lecompere is a short track speed skater.

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Daniel Narcisse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's handball Daniel Narcisse is a French handball player. He joined THW Kiel in 2009, replacing Nikola Karabatic, and has since 2013 played for Paris Handball . He is also a longtime player on the France ...more

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Melanie Skotnik-Melfort is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Melanie Skotnik is a French-German high jumper. She holds both German and French citizenship through her parentage and represented Germany until 2004. Skotnik finished in seventh position and ...more

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Camille de Faucompret is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Camille De Faucompret is a professional snowboarder.

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Sophie Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Sophie Rodriguez is a professional snowboarder.

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Benoît Caranobe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Gymnastics, individual all-round Benoît Caranobe is a French gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Caranobe was the first Frenchman to medal in the Individual All-Around competition since Marco ...more

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Cécile Storti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Cecile Storti is a cross-country skier.

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Stéphanie Possamaï is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Stéphanie Possamaï Stéphanie Possamaï is a French judoka. Possamaï won a bronze medal in the -78 kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Vincent Defrasne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 12.5 km Pursuit Vincent Defrasne is a former French biathlete. He won a gold medal in the 12.5 km pursuit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and a bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. ...more

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Simon Fourcade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Simon Fourcade is a French biathlete and non-commissioned officer. His younger brother Martin Fourcade is also a biathlete.

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Fabien Gilot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Fabien Gilot Fabien Pierre Aurélien Dominique Gilot is a French Olympic swimmer. Gilot swam for France at the 2008 Olympics, where he was part of France's silver medal winning 4×100m freestyle ...more

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Nathalie Péchalat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Nathalie Péchalat is a French ice dancer. With partner Fabian Bourzat, she is a two-time World bronze medalist, a two-time European champion, and a five-time French national champion. ...more

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Marguerite Broquedis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's Tennis, singles Marguerite Marie Broquedis was a French female tennis player.

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Laure Pequegnot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's Slalom Laure Pequegnot is a former French Alpine skier. She was born in Échirolles, Isère. She won a total of 3 Alpine skiing World Cup races, all in the slalom discipline. She competed ...more

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Florine De Leymarie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Florine de Leymarie is a French Alpine skier. She is 1.76 m tall and weighs 64 kg. She participated in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. She was named Rookie of the year 2005 alongside ...more

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Julie Carraz-Collin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Julie Carraz-Collin is a biathlete.

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Teddy Riner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight) Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner is a French judoka. He has won seven World Championships gold medals, the first male judoka to do so, and an Olympic gold medal. He has also won four gold medals at the ...more

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Pin Elodie Bourgeois is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Pin Elodie Bourgeois is a cross-country skier.

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Benjamin Mace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Benjamin Mace is a short track speed skater.

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François Braud is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
François Braud is a French Nordic combined skier and non-commissioned officer. who has been competing since 2003.

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Vincent Jay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's 10 km Sprint, Men's 12.5 km Pursuit Vincent Jay is a biathlete.

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Mathieu Crépel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Mathieu Crépel is a French professional snowboarder and World Champion based in Anglet, Northern Basque Country. Crépel rides regular stance. He has also surfed competitively in ...more

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Vincent Descombes Sevoie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Vincent Descombes Sevoie is a French ski jumper who has competed since 2002. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he finished ninth in the team large hill, 21st in the individual large ...more

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Julien Lizeroux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Julien Lizeroux is a World Cup alpine ski racer from France. He competes in the technical events and specializes in the slalom. Born in Moûtiers, Savoie, Lizeroux is a member of Douanes-La ...more

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Christophe Guenot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling, Welterweight 66 - 74kg Christophe Guénot is a French wrestler who won the Bronze medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 74kg in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is ...more

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Stéphane Risacher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's basketball Stéphane Risacher is a basketball player from France, who won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics with the Men's National Team.

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Emmanuel Chedal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Emmanuel Chedal is a French former ski jumper who competed from 1999 to 2013. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of ninth in the team large hill event at Vancouver. ...more

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Marion Josserand is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Women's Ski Cross Marion Josserand is a freestyle skier.

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Yann Bonato is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's basketball Yann Bonato is a former basketball player from France, who won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics with the Men's National Team. After playing several years in the NCAA, Bonato moved ...more

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Yannick Bonheur is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Yannick Bonheur is a French pair skater. He is a five-time French National Champion with three different partners: Marylin Pla, Vanessa James, and Adeline Canac.

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Vincent Vittoz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Vincent Vittoz is a French cross-country skier and non-commissioned officer. He grew up in the town of La Clusaz in the Northern French Alps and has been competing since 1982. He won a gold ...more

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Jonathan Felisaz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Jonathan Felisaz is a Nordic combined skier.

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Tony Ramoin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Snowboarding Cross Tony Ramoin is an Olympic Snowboarder.

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Vencelas Dabaya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Men's Weightlifting, Lightweight 62-69 kg Vencelas Dabaya is a French weightlifter. At the 2004 Summer Olympics he represented Cameroon, and was flag bearer of the Cameroonian team at the opening ceremony. In the Olympic tournament he ...more

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Robin Duvillard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from France
Robin Duvillard is a French cross-country skier and non-commissioned officer who has competed since 2002.