Nice is still reeling from the tragic truck attack just three weeks ago, and since everyone here knows someone that was touched by the massacre, we can only imagine how difficult it has been for our young local Olympic athletes to focus on the competition of their lives.
The Olympics are kind of magical, and even more so in gorgeous Rio de Janeiro… and watching so many young local champions live their dream of competing for the gold gives us something positive to focus on, so here we go:
The Rio Olympic Games will start out strong for Nice, with our celebrated Azureen womens swimming champions plunging in right from the get go. Watch for Charlotte Bonnet, 21 (100 and 200m free swim and relay), Anna Santamans, 23 (50m free swim and relay), Marie Wattel, 19 (100m butterfly and relay), and Cloe Hache, 19 (4 x 200 meter relay).
Also starting on the 6th, local Nice tennis stars Alize Cornet, 26 (women’s singles), and Gilles Simon, 31 (men’s singles), will be tearing up the Olympic tennis courts; watch for Elodie Ravera Scaramozzino, 21, in women’s pairs rowing; and on the French water polo team, cheer for Michal Izdinsky, 24.
On the 9th, check out the judo moves of Nicois Loic Pietri, 25, and on the 17th the athletics competition will feature Nice’s the youngest competitor at just 17 years old, Mathilde Andraud, champion javelin thrower.
In the last week of competition, there are two Azureen wrestlers to follow: Cynthia Vescan, 24, and Zelimkhan Khadjiev, 22.
Can azur blue transform into Olympic Gold? Tune in and see…
Source: Nice-Matin Qui sont les athletes azureens qui iront aux JO de Rio ?, photo montage also courtesy of Nice Matin