Category Archives: Sports

C’est géant!

French wrestler André the Giant was born on May 19, 1946 in Grenoble. His real name was André René Roussimoff. He suffered from a disorder that resulted in his enormous size of 7’ 4” and 475 pounds. He was over … Continue reading

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Le porte-drapeau

France just announced that its flag-bearer or porte-drapeau (port drahpoe) for the 2012 Summer Jeux Olympiques will be fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic. This will be the fifth Olympics for the 40 year-old mother of an 11 year-old daughter. Flessel has won five … Continue reading

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Les Jeux Olympiques

The second modern summer Olympics started in Paris on May 14, 1900. Les jeux Olympiques (lays yuh oh-lam-peak) were part of the Exposition Universelle celebrations. Unlike today’s games, they continued until October. Of the 1,000 competitors, women were included for … Continue reading

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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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