The Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4-20) are fast approaching. Overview of the best French medal chances a little over a month before the event.
The winter sports season is in full swing, but all eyes are already on Beijing, where the Olympic Games will be held between February 4 and 20. Four years after the edition of PyeongChang, France intends to do better than its 15 medals brought back from South Korea. To this end, the French hopes are based on several senior athletes in their discipline. This is the case in biathlon with a French team already very successful at the start of the season and leader in the number of podiums (20) of the 2021-2022 World Cup. Among the men, Emilien Jacquelin and Quentin Fillon Maillet, respectively first and second in the general classification, shine and can count on Julia Simon and her teammates, who accumulate second places in individual (6/9). Biathlon brought France a third of the charms four years ago.
The Pinturault arrow, the Lafont acrobat
Alpine skiing can also bring a lot to the French delegation. Alexis Pinturault dreams of experiencing supreme happiness, a few months after winning his first large crystal globe. The Courchevel skier has already gleaned 3 Olympic medals: two bronze on the 2014 and 2018 giants, and one silver on the combined on the South Korean slopes. Also queen of skiing, Perrine Laffont can keep her Olympic title on mogul skiing. The Ariégeoise is favorite to succeed herself. Since 2018, she has considerably expanded her record by winning her first two large crystal globes and adding three small mogul ski globes to the one she already had. Not to mention her title of world champion in moguls won in 2021. Let us not forget Bastien Midol, leader of the general classification of the World Cup skicross.. In the figure skating event, Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis, reigning Olympic vice-champions and quadruple world champions, can hoist the tricolor to the highest.