Phelps, Joe, Galtaire… Highlights of the Demaine Le Sport Festival

Lecture by Michael Phelps

6:30 p.m., Studio 104

His word is rare. Michael Phelps, 37, with an extraordinary record, will give an exceptional one-hour lecture, during which the audience will also be able to ask him questions. The American swimmer, who retired after the Rio Games, has built up an enormous list of achievements: 36 long track world records (individual and relay) and … 23 Olympic gold medals, raising him to the rank of the most successful athlete in the history of the Games. In Rio, in 2016, he occupied even the highest rung of the podium five times (200m butterfly, 200m medley, 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x100m medley). Michael Phelps, spokesperson and spokesperson for Omega, Official Timekeeper of the Olympics, now talks about his career in swimming pools, his tremendous experience, but also about his retraining and his fight against depression. The former swimmer struggled with stress, anxiety, isolation and depression after the Olympics, and he also gave the floor to many athletes in his documentary Weigh in Gold, appearing on L’ Team Explore since last spring.

An inspiration to many athletes, he will also talk about his swimming vision today, returning to rising star Leon Marchand, two-time world champion last July in Budapest (200m med, 400m 4 stroke) and the third Frenchman in history to be crowned twice in the same world championships, after Laure and Florent Manaudou. For the past year, he’s been training in the US by order of Bob Bowman, former coach of… Michael Phelps.

10:30 AM, Studio 104

The Olympic flame went off in Tokyo on August 8, 2021, and will be re-ignited in Paris on July 26, 2024. A symbolic gesture to move from one version to another… which this time will be renewed vigorously. In the post-Covid context and the major changes in society in terms of environment, cost control, concern for the legacy to be left, among others, the Paris Games wanted to stand out. In addition to holding a unique opening ceremony on the Seine to be accessible to as many people as possible, introducing a break to renew the programme, and the ambition to make the Paralympic Games a meeting like the London meeting in 2012 that became a reference in the field, there is above all the desire In reaching, along with the athletes, the population as a whole.

Tony Estangoy, President of the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee, accompanied by Minister of Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Games Amelie Odea Castera and Emmanuel Gregoire, First Vice Mayor of Paris, will return to all these topics during the first round table of the day. Alongside them, great personalities from French sports will narrate their own experience at the Games: Kevin Mayer, double Olympic vice champion, two-time world champion and world decathlon record holder, and Sandrine Martinet, 2016 Paralympic judo champion, the country flag. 2021 Tokyo Olympics (silver medalist), who can compete in her sixth Paralympic Games in Paris.

10:30 a.m., foyer

Developing the practice of sport by the French people is a societal choice. Games are often considered successful depending on the number of medals obtained, but shouldn’t we hope that they will also help encourage careers, and increase the number of licensees? Hosting the Games is an opportunity to take advantage of a global event to restore a taste for sport by democratizing its practice. Three-time Olympic champion Marie-José Peric (400m, Barcelona 1992; 200m and 400m, Atlanta 1996), will talk about the sport “like medicine for everything”. Dr. François Carré will warn of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, and Marie Barsac, who will be responsible for inheritance issues at Paris 2024, will focus on the transition from a sporting country to a competitive one.

“The Games, in addition to realizing the dreams and achievements of young athletes, are the ideal framework for champions to prepare the ground for future generations,” Jacques Rogge, former IOC president, explained.

Since the beginning of the school year, the implementation of the 30 minutes of daily physical activity in elementary school constitutes the first approach. After the London Games in 2012, a new British school curriculum required all primary school pupils to participate in a competitive sport. Which example to follow?

12:15 pm, foyer

Far from the image of over-mediated athletes such as soccer players or tennis players, many top athletes find it difficult to make a living from their sport. Two years after a deadline like that of the Games, how can they be allowed to devote themselves entirely to their discipline with Olympic gold in their eyes? Among the various funding circles, there are institutional aids, programs associated with companies such as sports teams (EDF, FDJ, Bridgestone) or even training agreements such as the military, for example.

The Ministry of Sports is also developing a social control policy so that top athletes can achieve performances commensurate with their capabilities, while ensuring their training and professional integration commensurate with their abilities and aspirations.

At an ad hoc roundtable, fencer Roman Cannon, Olympic champion (2021) and world champion (2022), who currently holds a part-time position at EDF, will talk about professional integration contracts (CIP) that athletes can benefit from.

He will be accompanied by swimmer and comedian Theo Corinne, and sports law attorney Delphine Verheiden, who specifically represents Kylian Mbappe’s interests.

Christoph Galtier talks about his method

1:50 p.m., Studio 104

In football, as in other sports, there are two hours of daily training, but the other twenty-two are no less important. The famous hidden action… Between recovery, nutrition and even sleep, there are many areas of development for an athlete to make them more efficient. PSG coach Christophe Galtier – a League Cup winner in 2013 with Saint-Etienne and champion of France with Lille in 2021 – has built his career step by step. Now in a position of a completely different dimension, he will develop his management approach, his way of managing his star-rich workforce, and the means through which they are put in place to get the best results.

3:45 pm, Seine Gallery

Sports bring together low-income people who do not always have access to an education. He opens doors for them. If the Paris OCOG program, through its “Impact 2024” programme, supports hundreds of projects (650 since 2020) linking sport and social inclusion in Greater Paris in particular, then many players in the world of sport have already made this topic their fight. Former boxer Sarah Orahmon, silver medalist at the Rio Games (-51kg), has been particularly interested in the place of women in the world of sport since the end of her career in 2016. She will talk about her various work together with Jean-Philippe Ascenci, Head of the Education Agency Through sport, Hughes Defoe, director of economic mobilization at AGIFEV and Florence Hardouin, CEO of the French Football Federation, who will identify the various projects that the federation implements in neighborhoods or for recognition. of the work of volunteers.

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