Tony Estanguet

Tony Estanguet OLY (born 6 May 1978 in Pau)[1] is a French slalom canoeist and a three-time Olympic champion in C1. He competed at the international level from 1994 to 2012.

Tony Estanguet
Tony Estanguet à la Philharmonie de Paris.jpg
Tony Estanguet during a convention for Paris bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2016.
Personal information
Born (1978-05-06) 6 May 1978 (age 44)
Pau, France
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
SportCanoe slalom
Tony Estanguet
President of the Paris Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Assumed office
8 August 2021
LeaderThomas Bach
Preceded bySeiko Hashimoto
Succeeded byCasey Wasserman
Chairman of the Paris Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Assumed office
5 February 2018
Preceded byCommittee established

Racing careerEdit

Tony Estanguet riding for the gold medal at the 2006 World Championships at Troja slalom course in Prague.

Estanguet won three Olympic gold medals in the C1 event in 2000, 2004 and 2012. At the 2004 games in Athens he won the gold medal after a late judges decision to award a 2-second penalty to Michal Martikán.[2]

Estanguet was the flag-bearer for France at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony. He finished in the 9th position (out of 12 competitors; only the first eight would qualify for the final) in the semi-finals of the C1 event and was thus eliminated from the final.

At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, he became the first French Olympian to win three gold medals in the same Olympic discipline.[3]

He won twelve medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with five golds (C1: 2006, 2009, 2010; C1 team: 2005, 2007), six silvers (C1: 2003, 2005, 2007; C1 team: 1997, 2003, 2009), and a bronze (C1 team: 1999).[4]

Estanguet won the overall World Cup title in C1 in 2003 and 2004. He also won a total of ten medals at the European Championships (4 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes).[4]

Together with his brother Patrice, he developed the Pau-Pyrénées Whitewater Stadium (opened in 2008) in their home town of Pau.[5]

He announced his retirement on 30 November 2012.[6]

World Cup individual podiumsEdit

Season Date Venue Position Event
1996 25 Aug 1996 Prague 1st C1
1997 3 Aug 1997 Minden 1st C1
1999 20 Jun 1999 Tacen 3rd C1
2000 30 Apr 2000 Penrith 3rd C1
2 Jul 2000 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre 1st C1
9 Jul 2000 La Seu d'Urgell 3rd C1
23 Jul 2000 Prague 1st C1
2002 26 May 2002 Guangzhou 1st C1
2003 31 Jul 2003 Bratislava 1st C1
3 Aug 2003 Bratislava 1st C1
2004 23 Apr 2004 Athens 1st C1
23 May 2004 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
11 Jul 2004 Prague 1st C1
25 Jul 2004 Bourg St.-Maurice 1st C1
2005 17 Jul 2005 Augsburg 3rd C1
24 Jul 2005 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
1 Oct 2005 Penrith 2nd C11
2006 2 Jul 2006 L'Argentière-la-Bessée 1st C12
6 Aug 2006 Prague 1st C11
2007 18 Mar 2007 Foz do Iguaçu 1st C13
2008 21 Jun 2008 Prague 1st C1
2009 12 Jul 2009 Augsburg 1st C1
2010 27 Jun 2010 La Seu d'Urgell 2nd C1
4 Jul 2010 Augsburg 2nd C1
2011 9 Jul 2011 Markkleeberg 3rd C1
2012 16 Jun 2012 Pau 1st C1
23 Jun 2012 La Seu d'Urgell 3rd C1
1 World Championship counting for World Cup points
2 European Championship counting for World Cup points
3 Pan American Championship counting for World Cup points


Estanguet graduated from French business school ESSEC, specializing in sports marketing.[citation needed]


Tony is the son of Henri Estanguet, himself a canoeist who won medals at the Wildwater Canoe World Championships in the 1970s. His older brother Patrice won a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Post-racing career & Paris 2024 Olympic Organizing CommitteeEdit

In 2012 Estanguet was elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission. He will serve as an IOC member for eight years.[7] He successfully led Paris's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics and is serving as the head of the organizing committee for those games.


  1. ^ "Tony Estanguet". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  2. ^ Koranyi, Balazs. "Seeing is believing for Slovakia's Martikan". Reuters. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ "The Star Online – London Olympic Games 2012". The Star. Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Tony ESTANGUET (FRA)". Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 21 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Three-Time Olympic Champion Tony Estanguet Retires From Canoeing". ICF. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  7. ^ Results of the IOC Athletes' Commission Election

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by Flagbearer for   France
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
Succeeded by