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The Best Olympic Athletes from France

Updated June 14, 2019 1.4k votes 133 voters 9.0k views

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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    Sandrine Bailly

    Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1979-11-25

    Place Of BirthBelley,France,Ain,Rhône-Alpes,Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's relay,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay

    Weight58.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Sandrine Bailly (born 25 November 1979 in Belley, Ain) is a former French biathlete. She was most successful in the 2004–05 season, when she won the overall World Cup, and in the 2007–08 season, when...  more
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    Marie Dorin Habert

    Women's 7.5 km Sprint, Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1986-06-19

    Place Of BirthLyon,France,Rhône,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's sprint,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay

    Weight55.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Marie Dorin is a biathlete....  more
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    Olivier Schoenfelder (born 30 November 1977) 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....  more
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    Alain Bernard

    Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 100m freestyle

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1983-05-01

    Place Of BirthAubagne,Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,Bouches-du-Rhône,France,Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre freestyle

    Weight93.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Alain Bernard (French pronunciation: ​[alɛ̃ bɛʁnaʁ]; born 1 May 1983) is a former French swimmer from Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône. Bernard won a total of four medals (two golds, one silver, and one...  more
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    Martin Fourcade

    Men's 12.5 km Pursuit, Men's 15 km Mass Start

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1988-09-14

    Place Of BirthCéret

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics - Men's 15 km Mass Start, Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics - Men's 12.5 km Pursuit, Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men's 20 km Individual, Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's mass start

    Weight75

    Olympic Medalist Games2014 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2014 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal, Silver medal

    Martin Fourcade (born 14 September 1988) is a French biathlete and Sous-lieutenant. He is a five-time Olympic champion, an eleven-time World Champion and a seven-time winner of the Overall World Cup....  more
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    Melanie Skotnik (formerly Melfort; born 8 November 1982 in Hersbruck, West Germany) is a French-German high jumper. She holds both German and French citizenship through her parentage and represented...  more
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    Camille De Faucompret is a professional snowboarder....  more
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    Teddy Riner

    Men's Judo, + 100kg (heavyweight)

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1989-04-07

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Heavyweight (+100 kg)

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (French: [tɛ.di/te.di ʁi.nœʁ/ʁi.nɛʁ]; born 7 April 1989) is a French judoka. He has won ten World Championships gold medals, the first and only judoka (male or female) to do...  more
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    Simon Fourcade (born 25 April 1984) is a French former biathlete and non-commissioned officer. He won a gold medal in the individual at the 2003 Biathlon Junior World Championships. Although he never...  more
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    Pin Elodie Bourgeois is a cross-country skier....  more
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    Tessa Worley (born 4 October 1989) is a French World Cup alpine ski racer and non-commissioned officer. She has competed in all five alpine disciplines and specialises in giant slalom....  more
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    Jan Henri Ducroz (born 6 May 1971) is an internationally elite curler from Chamonix, France.He made his World Championship debut at the 2007 Ford World Men's Curling Championship with a team skipped...  more
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    Stéphanie Possamaï

    Stéphanie Possamaï (born 30 July 1980, in Bordeaux) is a French judoka. Possamaï won a bronze medal in the -78 kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics....  more
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    Jonathan Felisaz is a Nordic combined skier....  more
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    Florine de Leymarie (born May 9, 1981 in Albertville, Savoie, France) is a French Alpine skier. She is 1.76 m (5.77 ft) tall and weighs 64 kg (141.10 lb). She participated in the 2006 Olympic Winter...  more
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    Vanessa James (born 27 September 1987) is a French pair skater. With her skating partner, Morgan Ciprès, she is the 2019 European Champion, the 2018 World bronze medalist, the 2017 European bronze...  more
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    Mathieu Crépel (born 26 October 1984 in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées) is a French professional snowboarder and World Champion based in Anglet, Northern Basque Country. Crépel rides regular stance. He has...  more
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    Lucie Décosse

    Women's Judo, 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight)

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1981-08-06

    Olympic SportJudo

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionJudo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 63 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Lucie Décosse (born 6 August 1981 in Chaumont) is a retired female French judoka....  more
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    Chloé Georges, born 1 October 1980, is a French acrobatic skier, specialised in ski cross. She is 1.64 m tall and skis at the club at Courchevel. She took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics where she...  more
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    Guillaume Gille

    Men's handball

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1976-07-12

    Place Of BirthValence,France,Drôme,Rhône-Alpes,Europe

    Olympic SportTeam handball

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionHandball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament

    Weight98.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Guillaume Alain Gille (born 12 July 1976) is a retired French handballer and current coach of the French national team.He was the winner of the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and is...  more
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    Marie Laure Brunet

    Women's 10 km Pursuit, Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryFrance

    Date Of Birth1988-11-20

    Place Of BirthLannemezan,Hautes-Pyrénées,Midi-Pyrénées,France,Massif Central

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's pursuit,Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay

    Weight52.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Marie Laure Brunet is a biathlete....  more
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    Celine Lecompere is a short track speed skater....  more
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    Veronique Pierron is a French short-track speed-skater. Pierron competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics for France. She finished second in the first round of the 500 metres, advancing to the...  more
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    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 FIS...  more
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    Yannick Bertrand is an alpine skier....  more