The BEST French Lessons: 5 Most Famous Atheletes in France
Even though France doesn’t dominate the Olympics, it doesn’t mean some of our sport stars are behind the rest of the world!
French sports stars cannot be counted by the thousands, but they are extremely talented. Some popular sports are:
Zinedine Zidane is surely one of the most talented soccer players in the world, and the French, even those who are not interested in sports, cherish him. Amazing French atheletes like Zidane have even been known to draw Soccer fans to French culture and spark interest in speaking French!
Amélie Mauresmo won two major tennis competitions, the Australian Open and Wimbledon, in 2006. She is known for her powerful one-handed backhand and her strong net play.
France has provided some world-famous skiers, such as Jean-Claude Killy, who was a triple champion in the 1960s, or most recently French alpine skier Julien Lizerouz, who was World Champion of the 2001 Super-Giant Slalom and won silver medals in the Super Combined and the Slalom at the 2009 Alpine Skiing World Championships in Val d’Isère.
A few famous sailors are French. Michel Desjoyeaux is one of the world’s most successful solo sailors, as he is the only person to win the Vendée Globe race twice, in 2000 and 2008. Isabelle Autissier was the first woman to complete a solo sail around the world in 1991.
With that short introduction to sports and sports stars in France, your knowledge of pop culture icons in France has increased quite a bit right? Maybe you didn’t even know anything before…? Yeah, don’t forget about other important French lessons like cutlure and geography!
Here is another great tip: French representation is done with the color blue and the rooster. They are both symbols of French sports. They first appeared on the football shirt in 1909. Later, in 1920, the French Olympic delegation choose the rooster for its mascot as well.
Remember, it’s not enough to just speak the French language, even if it’s fluently! To relate with French people and come across as serious about learning more one must also know quite a bit about French culture too! And you can’t find that in any software French lessons!
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