Marie Riou and Billy Besson

Marie RIOU – Billy BESSON

Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull
ENGIE Ambassadors (respectively): Brest and La Rochelle

Marie Riou and Billy Besson, both 38, from Plougastel (Brittany) and Papeete (Tahiti) respectively, have been sailing together on a Nacra 17 since 2013.

Billy Besson, a member of the La Grande Motte Yacht Club, asked Marie Riou who had ranked sixth at the London Olympic Games (2012), if she would like to form a crew, with a view to competing in Rio in 2016. It was a great success, and the pair won four world championship titles between 2013 and 2016. Sailing for France, the duo was awarded the prestigious Marin de l’année award for the best sailor of the year in 2015 after two nominations, in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, Marie and Billy, favorites for the title on a Nacra 17 at the Rio Olympics, had to settle for sixth place, because Billy was plagued with back problems throughout the competition.

After Rio, they each went on sailing other types of boats outside the scope of the Olympics. In 2018, Marie Riou, who is a member of the Voile Ponant 29 club, was named the world’s best sailor when she led her crew to victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on Dongfeng.

The dynamic duo sails in every competition, including World and European Championships, and now represents France on the new SAIL GP international circuit aboard Team France.

The challenges of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

If they want to represent France on Nacra 17, Marie Riou and Billy Besson will have to take part in the world’s toughest international qualifying competitions. An excellent result at the World Championships (December - NZL) on Nacra 17 could be decisive.


AwardsMarie RIOUBilly BESSON
2018

Marie Riou Winner of the Volvo Ocean Race (round-the-world race with crew stopover)

2016

6th place at the Rio Olympic Games

2013 à 2016

Four times World Champions on NACRA 17

2008

World Champion on Dart 18, runner up at the European championships on Tornado

1999

European and World Champion on 420.

YOUNG World Champion (helmsman) in South Africa “ISAF”



Pierre Le Coq

Pierre LE COQ

Windsurfing RS:X
ENGIE Ambassador: Saint Brieuc

Twenty-nine year-old Pierre Le Coq is a member of the club in his home town of Saint-Brieuc, as well as belonging to the Brest Pôle France and the French Olympic team. This native of Brittany qualified for the only RS:X spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, thanks to the RS:X World Championship title that he earned in Oman at the end of 2015. For his first Olympic Games he was delighted to take home the bronze medal.

ENGIE had already partnered Pierre Le Coq during the 2016 Olympic Games, as part of the first 2015/2016 Performance Pact.

Pierre has two roles. He’s a top athlete — a bronze medalist at the Rio Games in 2016 — but also a dental surgeon, and qualified while he was training for the Olympics. So he’ll be ready with his second career when the time comes after 2020.

After taking a break from sports after Rio 2016, he got back into training mode in 2018, setting his sights on Olympic Gold. His bronze medal in the first leg of the Miami RS: X 2019 World Cup is an encouraging start.

The challenges of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

To be the only French competitor in RS:X, which will be a challenge in itself, given the high standards of the others. Pierre Le Coq will also have to take part in the world’s toughest international qualifying competitions. An excellent result at the RS:X Windsurfing World Championships (OQ) in Torbole (Italy) could be decisive. Then after the bronze in Rio, he’ll certainly be going for gold.


Awards
2018

Winner at the World Cup in Hyeres

2017

Runner-up at World Sailing Miami

2016

Bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

2015

World Champion – Oman

2015

Round winner at the World Cup – Hyères (France)



Pauline Ado

Pauline ADO

Surfing
ENGIE Ambassador: Biarritz / Anglet

Pauline Ado, 28 is a member of both Anglet Surf Club and Pôle France. She started surfing on the waves at Hendaye when she was eight years old, and began competing at the age of ten. When she turned 13, she joined France’s youth teams.

After being named Junior World Champion twice (2006 and 2009), Pauline joined the exclusive inner circle of the WSL Championship Tour in 2015, a competition that attracts the best surfers in the world, finishing ninth in her first year. But in 2017, the talented sportswoman from the Basque country added two awards to her glittering array of achievements by winning two World Championship titles. One with a team and one individual title at the ISA World Surfing Tour in Biarritz. All in her native region, with her friends and family looking on.

Pauline is also one of the cornerstones of French women’s surfing. She has been a member of the French team since she began, but has also been elected to the board of directors of the Fédération Française de Surf.

The challenges of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

To be the only French representative in surfing, the first time the sport is included at the Olympic Games. Pauline Ado will have to take part in the world’s toughest international qualifying competitions and an excellent result at the ISA World Games in Japan (September 2019) could be decisive.


Awards
2018

7th ISA World Surfing Games

2017

World Champion of Nations / ISA World Champion

2013

World No.9 WSL

2009

2009 Junior World Champion



Cassandre Beaugrand

Cassandre BEAUGRAND

Triathlon (3 disciplines: Swimming, Running, Cycling)
ENGIE Ambassador: Poissy

Twenty-one year-old Cassandre Beaugrand, a member of the POISSY Triathlon and AS Monaco Athletics clubs, as well as Pôle France, took part in her first Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 at just 19 years old.

Between 2014 and 2017, Cassandre won a host of championship titles in France in short-distance triathlon and all age categories. Internationally, Cassandre became runner-up at the Junior World Championships (2014) and was named Junior European Champion (2016). She was also runner-up at the World Championships in the mixed relay triathlon (two women-two men).

In 2018, Cassandre continued her rise to international success, winning three titles with the French team: World, European and French Championships. She also became the first French woman to win a leg of the World Triathlon Series (WTS) World Cup in Hamburg.

In February 2019, in Singapore, Cassandra demonstrated her huge potential by winning the final round (enduro) of the Super League final, a competition that attracts the best triathletes in the world, confirming her status as a rising triathlon star.

The challenges of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

As the bar set by the other French competitors is very high, Cassandre Beaugrand will have to perform well in the world’s toughest international qualifying competitions, including the World Triathlon Series World Cup (6 stages) and the test event for Tokyo (August 2019). She’ll then set her sights on a medal in the individual and/or mixed events.


Awards
2019

Victory in Singapore in the Super League Series

2018

Victory in Hamburg in the WTS (World Triathlon Series)

Gold medal at the World mixed team relay championships (Germany)

Gold medal at European mixed team relay championships (Great Britain)

Bronze medal at the Individual European championships (Great Britain)

2016

Gold medal at the European junior championships (Portugal)



Elodie Clouvel

Elodie CLOUVEL

Modern Pentathlon (5 disciplines: Fencing, Swimming, Running, Pistol shooting, Show Jumping)
ENGIE Ambassador: Saint-Etienne

Thirty year-old Elodie Clouvel is a member of the Perpignan La Catalane club, and took part in her first Olympic Games in London in 2012.

Elodie began her career as a swimmer: a member of Pôle France at Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, she was then coached by Philippe Lucas in Canet-en-Roussillon. In 2008, at the French Swimming Championships, she just missed out on qualifying for the Olympics in Beijing.

Elodie then decided to focus her attention on the Modern Pentathlon, and joined INSEP in September 2008. In 2010, she won the bronze medal at the French Championships, the Junior World Championships and the European Team Championships. The following year, she became French Champion for the Modern Pentathlon, and finished third in the final round of the World Cup, which took place in London.

On March 17, 2012, she won the World Cup in Rio and qualified for the London Games.

She also qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, taking silver, which was the first individual Olympic medal for France in the Modern Pentathlon.

The challenges of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

To be the only representative in her discipline, despite strong French competition, Elodie Clouvel will have to take part in the world’s toughest international qualifying competitions. An excellent result at the World Cup and the World Championships could be decisive.


Awards
2018

13th Women's Individual World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico

2017

26th Women’s Individual World Championships in Cairo, Egypt

2016

Olympic silver medalist at the RIO Games

Runner-up in the World Championships in Moscow (Russia)

2015

Runner-up in the European Championships in Bath (Great Britain)

2012

First participation at the London Olympics(ranked 31th)



Madeleine Malonga

Madeleine MALONGA

Judo
ENGIE Ambassador: Chambly

Madeleine Malonga, 25, is a member of the Etoile Sportive Blanc Mesnil Judo club, as well as the INSEP and the French Judo team. She has never taken part in an Olympic Games.

Falling in the under 78-kilo category, she began judo at the FJEP-Chambly club before pursuing her career further at Judo Amiens Métropole Picardie.

In 2010, singled out as a high-potential French judo star, she joined INSEP to take her career further, and then became a member of the Levallois Sporting Club in 2013. She was named France Champion for the under 78kg category in 2014. The French judoka kept her momentum going in 2015, winning two major SLAMs in Samsun and Baku. Madeleine was also part of the French gold medal-winning team at the European Championships. In parallel to her sporting career, Picardy-born Madeleine attended the Institut de Formation en Soins Infirmiers (IFSI) at the Hôpital National de St Maurice, with a view to becoming a nurse.

In 2017, she racked up enough experience to perform at the highest international level at the Master of St Petersburg where she finished second. She then earned the ultimate title of European Champion in Tel Aviv in 2018.

She started off 2019 well with her first victory at the Paris Grand SLAM.

The challenges of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

To be the only French representative in her discipline (< 78kg), and attend her first Olympics, Madeleine Malonga will have to take part in the world’s toughest international qualifying competitions. An excellent result at the World Championships in Japan (September 5-17) could be decisive.


Awards
2019

Winner of the Paris Grand Slam

2018

European Champion in Tel Aviv (Israel)

Winner of the Zagreb Grand Prix (Croatia)

2017

European Champion (Malaga) Spain

French Champion in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines

2016

Winner of the Samson Grand Prix (Turkey)



Luka Mkheidze

Luka MKHEIDZE

Judo
ENGIE Ambassador: Le Havre

Luka Mkheidze, a 23 year-old member of the Sucy judo club, has also belonged to INSEP (since 2017) and the French judo team, but has never taken part in an Olympic Games. Luka fights in the under 60 kilos category.

Before achieving all of this, Luka had to leave his homeland of Georgia at the age of 13, after the war with Russia. He arrived in the Val de Marne, France on March 10, 2010, with help of a people smuggler. He and his family were then sent to a hostel with other refugees in Le Havre. Gifted and motivated, he joined the judo club in Le Havre, and was granted French nationality in 2015 by Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, while he was mayor of the city.

Luka’s high-potential sports career was finally able to begin. After the Pôle Espoirs de Rouen, the judoka arrived in Sucy in 2016 and joined the INSEP a year later.

Since 2017, Luka has been competing in the main international, continental and national events. In 2017, he finished second in the European Cup in Malaga and Dubrovnik, and became Junior French Champion. Last year, he won the Madrid Open, finished second in Cancún and Minsk, and was named 2018 French Team Champion for Sucy.

The challenges of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

To be the only French representative in his discipline (< 60kg), and attend his first Olympics, Luka Mkheidze will have to take part in the world’s toughest international qualifying competitions. An excellent result at the World Championships in Japan (September 5-17) could be decisive.


Palmarès
2018

2nd place at the Grand Prix in Cancún (Mexico)

2nd place at the Continental Open in Minsk (Belarus)

3rd place at the Continental Open in Sofia (Bulgaria)

2017

2nd place in the European Cup in Malaga (Spain) and Dubrovnik (Croatia)

3rd place in the Continental Open in Casablanca (Morocco)