POSTED: April 29th 2016

Olympics: Paris 2024 and French athletes celebrate 100 days until Rio 2016

Teddy Riner [Judo] and Martin Fourcade [Biathlon] © Paris 2024
Teddy Riner [Judo] and Martin Fourcade [Biathlon] © Paris 2024

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot [Cycling] © Paris 2024
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot [Cycling] © Paris 2024

Muriel Hurtis [Athletics] © Paris 2024
Muriel Hurtis [Athletics] © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) To celebrate 100 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a special event was hosted by the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) in central Paris at the Palais de Chaillot at the Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower. Key members of the French sports movement will join some of the 258 athletes who have qualified for the Rio Games, along with Paris 2024 senior figures to celebrate this occasion.

"I'd like to wish all of our amazing athletes the very best of luck for Rio 2016 as we celebrate 100 days to go to the Games. Our athletes inspire us every day and we applaud their dedication to sport and their commitment to act as role models for the whole of France...We hope that in 2024, we are able to celebrate a home games for French athletes while welcoming athletes from all over the world for a wonderful festival of sport," expressed CNOSF President, Denis Masseglia.

Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee Co-Chair, Teddy Riner stated, "It's great to be here with my fellow athletes and friends to celebrate and look forward to competing at Rio 2016. I know from my experience at London 2012 that there is no greater feeling than representing your country on the greatest sporting stage at the Olympic Games...Moments like this are very special and they give us even greater inspiration and motivation to bring the Games to Paris in 2024 to provide our athletes the once in a lifetime opportunity of competing in their home Games."

Athletes from the 24-strong Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee and Executive Board have played a vital role in the bid since the beginning. They will continue to have an important role going forward and will be critical in the Observer Program for Paris 2024 at Rio 2016.

"It's great to see such incredible athletes enjoying the moment and celebrating 100 days to go Rio 2016 here in Paris. On behalf of everybody at Paris 2024, I'd like to wish all of them the very best of luck...Athletes' know what it takes to compete at the highest level. They are the heartbeat of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and this is why we have placed them at the center of the Paris 2024 bid with clearly defined, decision-making roles. Our ambition is to deliver a Games in 2024 for the athletes, by the athletes," commented Paris 2024 Co-Chair, Tony Estanguet.

Paris 2024 Athletes' Committee Co-Chair, Marie-Amélie Le Fur concluded, "With 100 days to go to Rio 2016 the excitement is building and it's fantastic to share these wonderful moments with fellow Team France athletes. We've all worked so hard to realize our dreams and it's great to celebrate our achievements together...Olympians and Paralympians have the unique ability to inspire and Paris 2024 is a great opportunity to return Olympism to the heart of our city and make it central to the lives of our citizens. We are all working together to achieve our ambition of bringing the Games to Paris in 2024."

** 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

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