Beijing Olympics: meet the 33 UGA Olympic and Paralympic athletes!

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On the  January 25, 2022
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After the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2021, the adventure continues in 2022 for the students and graduates of high-level sports at Université Grenoble Alpes. This winter, 33 of these champions will be on the slopes of the Beijing Olympics, representing five countries in total and a quarter of the French delegation. Meet UGA's Olympic and Paralympic competitors!
Last summer, 11 high-level sports (SHN) students and graduates from UGA participated in the Tokyo Olympics, winning 4 Olympic and Paralympic medals. However, as the capital of the Alps, UGA's Olympic history is written above all during the Winter Games...

A quarter of the French Olympic and Paralympic delegations

In 2014, 14 SHN students and UGA graduates participated in the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games, where they won 7 medals. In 2018, they were 18 on the slopes of the PyeongChang Games where they distinguished themselves by winning 2 Paralympic medals and 6 Olympic medals, 40% of the French delegation's Olympic wins!

Fourteen in 2014, 18 in 2018 and 33 in… 2022! This year, 33 UGA students and graduates will take part in the Beijing Olympics. From 4-20 February 2022, 28 of them will compete in 10 disciplines and represent five countries: France with 22 athletes (a quarter of the French delegation), Belgium (3), Andorra, Italy and Portugal. The adventure will continue for 5 more UGA students and graduates, who will be part of the total of 17 French athletes taking part in the Paralympics from 4-13 March.

In order to accomodate studies and sports at the highest international level, these 33 champions have or currently benefit from the Inter'Val program.

Nils Allègre, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski alpin © ShutterstockAdrien Backscheider, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski de fond © Laurent Salino - Agence ZoomArthur Bauchet, étudiant à l’UGA. Equipe de France de para ski alpin © FFH - Luc PercivalCésar Beauvais, étudiant à l’UGA. Equipe de Belgique de biathlon © Stanko Gruden - Agence ZoomAnaïs Bescond, diplômée de l’UGA. Equipe de France de biathlon © ShutterstockPaula Botet, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de biathlon © Kevin Voigt - Agence ZoomJordan Broisin, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de France de para ski alpin © FFH - Ralf KuckuckCamille Cerutti, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski alpin © Christophe Pallot - Agence ZoomChloé Chevalier, diplômée de l’UGA. Equipe de France de biathlon © ShutterstockAnaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, diplômée de l’UGA. Equipe de France de biathlon © ShutterstockJulia Clair, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de saut à ski © Christophe Pallot - Agence ZoomFabien Claude, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de France de biathlon © ShutterstockFlorent Claude, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de Belgique de biathlon © ShutterstockDelphine Claudel, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski de fond © ShutterstockThibaut De Marre, étudiant à l'UGA. Equipe de Belgique de ski de fondClara Direz, Diplômée de l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski alpin © ShutterstockCoralie Frasse-Sombet, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski alpin © Millo Moravski - Agence ZoomEtudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski de fondVanina Guerillot, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe du Portugal de ski alpin © Alain Grosclaude - Agence ZoomRomain Heinrich, diplômé de Grenoble INP - UGA. Equipe de France de bobsleigh © IBSF - Viesturs Lacis (@rekords)Tifany Huot-Marchand, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de short-track © ShutterstockMaxime Jourdan, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de France de para ski alpin (guide) © FFH - Luc PercivalLéo Le Blé Jaques, étudiant à Grenoble INP - UGA. Equipe de France de snowboard © Jonas Ericsson - Agence ZoomMaurice Manificat, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski de fond © ShutterstockElisa Nakab, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe d’Italie de ski acrobatique © Elisa NakabBrice Ottonello, étudiant à l’UGA. Equipe de France de para ski nordique (guide) © FFH - Adrian StykowskiEric Perrot, étudiant à l’UGA. Equipe de France de biathlon © Stanko Gruden - Agence ZoomAlexandre Pouyé, diplômé de l’UGA. Equipe de France de para ski nordique (guide) © FFH - Adrian StykowskiLéna Quintin, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe de France de ski de fond © Millo Moravski - Agence ZoomAdam Siao Him Fa, étudiant à l’UGA. Equipe de France de patinage artistique © ShutterstockLiam Tourki, étudiant à l’UGA. Equipe de France de snowboard © L. TourkiEtudiant à l’UGA. Equipe de France de combiné nordiqueCarola Vila, étudiante à l’UGA. Equipe d’Andorre de ski de fond © Agence ZoomLogo SHN UGA

Inter'Val: a unique system and partnership in France

The Inter'Val support system was set up in 2004 to address the very significant constraints faced by winter sports specialists. Available for all study programs and reserved for athletes taking part in the biggest international competitions, this specific support system is based on a unique partnership in France between UGA, the French National Sports Agency (ANS) and 4 federations: the French Ski Federation (FFS), the French Ice Sports Federation (FFSG), the French Ice Hockey Federation (FFHG) and the French Federation for the Disabled (FFH).

This year, out of the 600 SHN students at UGA, Inter'Val supports 97 SHN students, 20 of whom will be at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. The success of the program is also the success of the 13 UGA graduates who are pursuing their sports careers at the Beijing Olympics while having secured their professional future.

UGA students and graduates at the Beijing Olympics

Biathlon

César Beauvais
Member of the Belgian biathlon team. Student in the 2 STAPS hybrid undergraduate degrees (LiCenSe), sports training course.

Paula Botet
Member of the French B biathlon team. Student in 2 STAPS hybrid (LiCenSe) undergraduate degree, sports training course.

Anaïs Bescond
Member of the French A biathlon team. Graduated from a Master's degree in STAPS, course Leisure, environment, sport, tourism in 2016.

Chloé Chevalier
Member of the French A biathlon team. Graduated from a DEUG STAPS (L2) in 2018.

Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet
Member of the French A biathlon team. Graduated from a STAPS degree, sports training course in 2018.

Fabien Claude
Member of the French A biathlon team. Graduated from a STAPS degree, sports training course in 2018.

Florent Claude
Member of the Belgian biathlon team. Graduated from a Master's STAPS, training and optimization of sports performance in 2019.

Eric Perrot
Member of the French B biathlon team. Student in a hybrid STAPS (LiCenSe) undergraduate degree, sports training course.
See the Biathlon events program.

Bobsleigh

Romain Heinrich
Member of the French bobsleigh team. Graduated from a Master's in Business Administration (Grenoble IAE - INP, UGA) in 2014, Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering (Grenoble INP -UGA) in 2012.
See the Bobsleigh events program.

Nordic Combined

Edgar Vallet
Member of the French team "teammate" in Nordic Combined. Undergraduate student in Biology.
See the Nordic Combined events program.

Figure skating

Adam Siao Him Fa
Member of the French figure skating team. Undergraduate student in Economy and management (EAD).
See the Figure skating events program.

Short track speed skating

Tifany Huot-Marchand
Member of the French short track team. Student in Master 1 Teaching, education and training (MEEF - 1st degree). Supported by the UGA Foundation in 2021-2022.
See the Short-track speed skating events program.

Ski jumping

Julia Clair
Member of the French A team in ski jumping. Student in a professional degree in Management and Accounting: Taxation. Supported by the UGA Foundation in 2020-2021.
See the Ski jumping events program.

Alpine skiing

Nils Allègre
Member of the French A team in alpine skiing. Graduated with a STAPS degree, Sports Training course in 2020.

Camille Cerutti
Member of the French B alpine ski team. Undergraduate student in STAPS hybrid (LiCenSe), sports training course.

Clara Direz
Member of the French Alpine Ski Team A. Graduated from a DEUG in Physics and Mechanics (L2) in 2020.

Coralie Frasse-Sombet
Member of the French Alpine ski team A. Student in Physiotherapy school.

Vanina Guerillot de Oliveira
Member of the Portuguese alpine ski team. Undergraduate student in Earth Sciences.
See the Alpine skiing events program.

Cross-country skiing

Adrien Backscheider
Member of the French A cross-country ski team. Graduated from a DEUG STAPS (L2) in 2015.

Delphine Claudel
Member of the French A cross-country ski team. Student in Master 1 STAPS, Training and optimization of sports performance.

Thibaut De Marre
Member of the Belgian cross-country ski team. Student in Master 1 Earth, planetary and environmental sciences - Hydro-resources

Mélissa Gal
Member of the French B cross-country skiing team. Student in a 2-year degree in Chemistry and Biology.

Maurice Manificat
Member of the French A cross-country ski team. Graduated in biology in 2011 and is studying for a Master's in Molecular and Cellular Biology until 2014. Member of the board of directors of the UGA Foundation.

Léna Quintin
Member of the French B cross-country skiing team. Undergraduate student in a STAPS 3, Sport Management course.

Carola Vila
Member of the Andorra cross-country skiing team. Undergraduate student in Sciences of life-Biology.
See the Cross-country skiing events program.

Freestyle skiing

Elisa Nakab
Member of the Italian freestyle skiing team. Undergraduate student in Applied human sciences.
See the Freestyle skiing events program.

Snowboard

Léo Le Blé Jaques
Member of the French A snowboard team. Student-engineer in his 3rd year at Polytech Grenoble - INP, UGA, specializing in Materials. Supported by the Grenoble INP Foundation.

Liam Tourki
Member of the French B snowboard team. Undergraduate student in Geography and Planning. Supported by the UGA Foundation in 2020-2021.
See the Snowboarding events program.

Paralympic disciplines

Arthur Bauchet
Member of the French Para-Alpine ski team. Undergraduate student in Physics, Chemistry, Mechanics and Mathematics.

Jordan Broisin
Member of the French Para-Alpine ski team. Graduated in 2016 from the Phelma Engineering School (Grenoble INP - UGA) and in 2017 from a Master's degree in Business administration (Grenoble IAE - INP, UGA).

Maxime Jourdan
Member of the French Para-Alpine ski team (guide). Graduated in 2020 with a degree in Adapted Physical Activity and Health (STAPS).

Brice Ottonello
Member of the French Para-Nordic ski team (guide). Undergraduate student Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering.

Alexandre Pouyé
Member of the French Para-Nordic ski team (guide). Graduated in 2021 with a Master's in Training and optimization of sports performance.
See the Paralympic events program.
 
Published on  January 25, 2022
Updated on  February 15, 2022