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Laura Flessel-Colovic (born 6 November 1971 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe) is the French Minister of Sports and a French épée fencer. She has won the most medals of any French female Olympian, with five. Before 2007, she was a member of the Levallois Sporting Club Escrime, and now works with Lagardère Paris Racing.[3] She is married and has one daughter.

Laura Flessel-Colovic
Laura Flessel-Colovic, Team trophy presentation Challenge international de Saint-Maur 2013 t161426.jpg
Minister of Sports
Assumed office
17 May 2017
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe
Preceded by Patrick Kanner
Personal details
Born (1971-11-06) 6 November 1971 (age 46)
Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe
Spouse(s) Denis Colovic
Children 1
Weapon(s) épée
Hand left-handed
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Personal coach(es) Daniel Levavasseur
Retired 2012
FIE Ranking archive

She was France's flag-bearer at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, which was her fifth and last Olympics.[4]

She was appointed Minister of Sports in the Philippe Government on 17 May 2017.

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HonoursEdit

  • Summer Olympics
    • Gold Medal in individual épée in 1996
    • Gold Medal in team épée in 1996
    • Silver Medal in individual épée in 2004
    • Bronze Medal in individual épée in 2000
    • Bronze Medal in team épée in 2004
  • World Championships
    • Gold Medal in individual épée in 1998
    • Gold Medal in team épée in 1998
    • Gold Medal in individual épée in 1999
    • Gold Medal in team épée in 2005
    • Gold Medal in team épée in 2008
    • Silver Medal in team épée in 1995
    • Silver Medal in individual épée in 2001
    • Silver Medal in team épée in 2006
    • Bronze Medal in individual épée in 1995
    • Bronze Medal in team épée in 1997
    • Bronze Medal in individual épée in 2005
    • Bronze Medal in individual épée in 2006
  • World Cup Fencing
    • World Cup winner individual épée in 2002 and 2003
    • World Cup runner-up individual épée in 1997

ControversyEdit

Laura Flessel was banned for three months in 2002 after failing a doping test. She tested positive for the banned substance coramine glucose, blaming the French team doctors for giving her a drug that is available over the counter in France.[5]

OtherEdit

She was a contestant on the third season of Danse avec les stars.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Laura Flessel-Colovic". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Laura Flessel-Colovic". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 
  3. ^ "Lagardère – Communiqués de presse". Lagardere.com. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fencer Flessel to be France's Olympic flag-bearer". NDTV. Agence France-Presse. 15 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Laura Flessel, suspendue et révoltée – Libération". Liberation.fr. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Tony Estanguet
Flagbearer for   France
London 2012
Succeeded by
Teddy Riner