Category Archives: Sports

Un parcours

Frenchman David Belle, the creator of Parkour, was born on April 29, 1973. Parkour has to be seen to be believed. Here’s a video with footage of Belle demonstrating Parkour. It’s is a combination of acrobatics and insanity. His strength … Continue reading

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En un clin d’œil

On a trip to Quebec City two years ago, I was amazed to see an enormous toboggan chute snaking its way through the old town. We’d just missed the Red Bull Crashed Ice, otherwise known as the Ice Cross Downhill World … Continue reading

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Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours

Late on January 6, 2012, French skipper Loick Peyron broke the record for around-the-world sailing, winning the Jules Verne Trophy. The Banque Populaire V crew of 14 sailors arrived in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, and 53 seconds – … Continue reading

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Le bruit court

Christmas came early to the Paris Saint-Germain football (soccer) club with the intensification of the rumors that super-star striker David Beckham will leave LA for PSG. Although the deal apparently won’t be inked until early January, many French are already … Continue reading

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Les petits ruisseaux font les grandes rivières

Maurice Garin, winner of the Tour de France, 1903 The Tour de France was born on November 20, 1902 and it had highly unusual parents: the Dreyfus Affair and newspaper rivalry. Alfred Dreyfus was a French military officer accused, convicted, and … Continue reading

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Rouler à vitesse grand V

French race car driver Sébastien Loeb just won his eighth consecutive World Rally Championship, setting a new record for consecutive top finishes. The 37 year-old native of Hagenau, Alsace, started off as a competitive gymnast, ranked fifth in France, before he changed … Continue reading

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Une toilette de chat

French sailor Florence Arthaud is like a cat with nine lives. The winner of the 1990 Route de Rhum, a single-handed trans-Atlantic race, was responding to a call of nature on October 30, 2011 when she lost her balance and fell … Continue reading

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Un marin d’eau douce

The Transat Jacques Vabre weighs anchor October 30, 2011 in Le Havre. This year the yachting race follows the 4,730 mile coffee trading route between France and Costa Rica. The crossing takes about ten days to two weeks, depending on … Continue reading

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Il faut brûler les cierges

Today, France’s rugby team qualified for the World Cup finals. It wasn’t a pretty victory over Wales, based on the expulsion of the Welsh team captain early in the game and French penalty goals. The final score was a squeaker … Continue reading

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Coup de boule

French soccer player Zinedine Zidane was born on June 23, 1972. His parents immigrated to Paris and then Marseille from Algeria before the Algerian War.  Known as Zizou to his millions of adoring fans, Zidane is considered to be one … Continue reading

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