Anaïs Bescond after parading on the Champs-Elysées for July 14: “This moment will remain etched in my memory” | Nordic Mag | #1 Biathlon

Anaïs Bescond talks about her parade on July 14 in Paris Nordic magazine

This Thursday, around noon, the Morberande Anais Bescondas Simon Desthieux, Hugo Lapalus, Fabien-Claude, Benjamin Daviet and Anthony Chalencon, experienced a great moment of emotion. It is that she marched on the Champs-Elysees on the occasion of the Parisian festivities of July 14.

Almost 15 years ago, the 2018 Olympic champion in the mixed biathlon relay, just retired, almost 15 years ago in the military. explains you want to stay in it “to continue to participate in this spirit of the athletes of Defense and to stay in touch with top sport through this door”. A few hours after the parade, Anais Bescondback in his Jura region after a short week spent in the Paris region, entrusted to Nordic magazine on these special days.

The reason for his presence on the Champs-Elysées: “I seized the opportunity”

“I had a great week that ended in apotheosis on Thursday. On my part, I was not supposed to go to Paris. Usually I parade in Chamonix with the French military ski team. This year, some medal-winning athletes from Beijing [comme Hugo Lapalus et Fabien Claude, NDLR] were scheduled on the Champs-Elysées with the medalists from Tokyo. Then there was a request for more medal winning athletes. Early last week I was contacted to make the connection with the other medal winning athletes in Beijing, especially the customs officials. I suspected their answer because in July it is complicated… No one was tempted and since I won a medal four years ago, they asked me to come. So I jumped at the chance because I’d never done it before and it’s not something I could do again. I’m glad I had the chance to do this. »

A final table with athletes from different backgrounds: “A great week of sharing”

“It’s great to be a part of this wonderful patchwork of civilian medal-winning athletes from Defense, Disabled Sports, Invictus Games [compétition réservée aux blessés de guerre, NDLR] and us who have been part of the Joinville battalion for a long time. It was a great week to share with these athletes. It was a great and wonderful experience. »

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live a Marseillaise on the Champs-Elysées on July 14: “Intense in emotions”

The Marseillaise, it’s something that has always made me tremble to hear it. Whether for me or for others, I’ve always loved singing it. Last winter, in Beijing, I had a heart to go to Quentin’s ceremony. to go [Fillon-Maillet, NDLR]. It was super important. It’s a tradition and it was intense in emotions to have it on the Champs-Elysées with everything around it. The Marseillaise was beautiful, but so were all the songs. I am very sensitive to music and there, the military marches, the musicians of the bagad of Lann-Bihoué, it was great! It is a whole that made me forget that I had little sleep and that I was leather in the sun. This moment will remain etched in my memory. These are beautiful memories shared with beautiful people, I’m going home with all of this in my bag. »

What Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, admitted to them: “He gave us an appointment at the 2024 Games in Paris”

“He walked by us, spoke to us and gave us an appointment at the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. That was also the idea of ​​our presence, with the theme of the flame in every sense of the word. . These are great times. »

The Special Spirit of the Army: “A Spirit of Brotherhood and Solidarity”

“In the military, we cultivate a spirit of brotherhood and solidarity within our group. Beyond that, through all the internships we’ve been able to do, it opened my eyes to the amount of values ​​we have in common with them. Recently we did an internship with the firefighters of Paris and we realize that we are surpassing ourselves, altruism, resilience, the attachment to get to the bottom of things or the human being. These are things I grew up with and written into me. The military took me in from the start, when I wasn’t yet a top-level athlete, and guided me without ever letting go despite injuries or complicated seasons. Thanks to her, I have a status that offers me social security, pension rights and a job. We are seconded to train and show the army and France at the highest sporting level. It’s something important. »


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