POSTED: March 10th 2015
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Olympic Movement remembers the French athletes who lost their lives

Camille Muffat (second from right) at Sportel Monaco last year / Getty Images
Camille Muffat (second from right) at Sportel Monaco last year / Getty Images

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) Tragedy struck yesterday, as two helicopters crashed in a remote area of Argentina, killing 10 people. Among those killed were three French athletes,  retired Olympic gold medalist, Camille Muffat, boxer Alexis Vastine, and sailor Florence Arthaud.  They were a part of a group filming a European reality show. 

Camille Muffat won a gold, silver, and bronze medal during the London Games in 2012. 
She retired last year to focus more on her personal life. Alexis Vastine had won a bronze medal the 2008 Beijing Games. Florence Arthuad was a pioneer for women in sport. The sailor won the famed Route du Rhum race in 1990. 

IOC President Thomas Bach said, "We are shocked by this sad news. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of these great athletes who have left us.

With them, the world of sport and the Olympic family have lost three of their key members. They were all not only champions in their sport but also contributed greatly as role models.

The Olympic Movement mourns with their families and friends, their fellow athletes, the French National Olympic Committee and with France.

The Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast for three days at the IOC Headquarters to honour these great champions."

President of the World Olympians Association and President and founder of Peace and Sport, Joel Bouzou expressed his sorrow, "It was with profound sorrow that I learnt of the tragic helicopter crash yesterday which claimed the lives of three of France's sport icons, swimmer Camille Muffat, 25, sailor Florence Arthaud, 57, and boxer Alexis Vastine, 28...Two of them were Olympians. All three of them, just like all athletes around the world, embodied the values of peace. Each of them has moved us, thrilled us and made us proud. They have filled our hearts with emotion. Beyond their sporting performances, they were committed to giving back to society what sport had given them."

"We will never forget the youthful vitality of Camille Muffat, 400m freestyle Champion at the London Olympics, the accomplishments of Florence Arthaud, winner of the 1990 Route du Rhum transatlantic race, and the passion of Alexis Vastine, Beijing Bronze Medallist who was looking to win Gold in Rio...The entire sports community mourns this great loss. Along with the teams of the World Olympians Association and Peace and Sport, our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims."
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach made a statement:

"We are shocked by this sad news. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of these great athletes who have left us...With them, the world of sport and the Olympic family have lost three of their key members. They were all not only champions in their sport but also contributed greatly as role models."

"The Olympic Movement mourns with their families and friends, their fellow athletes, the French National Olympic Committee and with France...The Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast for three days at the IOC Headquarters to honor these great champions."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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