Martin Fourcade

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TASS, September 26. Double Olympic biathlon champion Martin Fourcade will be the flag bearer of the French team at the opening ceremony of the Games in 2018 in South Korea’s Pyeongchang. This was reported on the official website of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of France.

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The decision to choose Him the standard-bearer was unanimously adopted on Tuesday at a meeting of the NOC. Previously, the athlete stated that he is ready to become the flag bearer if the NOC decides. Presentation of the France Olympic team and flag bearer will be held in Paris on 4 October.

In addition to the two Olympic gold medals, on account of Fourcade has two silver Games . He is 11-time world champion (10 wins in the individual races) as well as a six-time winner of the world Cup.

29-year-old Fourcade will be the fourth biathlete, who will carry the flag of the French team at the opening ceremony of the winter Olympics. Previously, this honor was awarded Vensan Defran (Vancouver 2010), Anne Briand (Lillehammer 1994) and Yvonne Mogel (Sarajevo, 1984). The leader of the French national team on biathlon the beginning of 2000-ies Raphael Poiree in 2006, refused to carry the flag at the opening ceremony of the Games in Turin, as the biathlon competition began the day after the start of the Olympics.

Olympics 2018 will be held in Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February.