CHELSEA 2012: FLORENT MALOUDA
A man of many interests in life, Florent Malouda proved to be highly enthusiastic about the Olympics when he answered our questionnaire on the famous games…
What are your early Olympic memories?
I watched a few videos of the France victory in the football in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 because my former manager at Guingamp, Guy Lacombe played in that side, and also the victories of Carl Lewis, the sprinter. For me the Olympics are all about the 100 metres.
Will you watch this summer's games?
Of course! I was recently at the French embassy because the French athletes came here to discover the Olympic Village and I will be involved in the French delegation and will be supporting them. I know a few athletes so it is going to be a very massive moment and I feel very lucky to live in the city where the Olympics will happen.
Who are the Olympians you know?
I have met a few athletes with the French delegation. I have met the taekwondo athlete Gwladys Epangue (pictured below). There is Laura Flessel who is doing her fifth Olympics in fencing and they describe it as a unique moment in their career so it is very special, it does not compare to any other championship.
What are you most looking forward to?
The 100 metres final, I will try to get tickets and I support Usain Bolt so I hope he will win this one. Also the judo final with Teddy Riner from France who is looking to win his first Olympic gold medal so there are a lot of things I will try to follow. In the Olympics it is not about the country you support, it is really about the athletes because you have been following the athletes who have been maybe doing the European or world championship and in their career the Olympics is a massive event. Everybody has their own athletes they love to support and to see them win that gold medal is a big moment.
Who will do well from your part of the world?
As I say, Teddy Riner in judo or there is a Guyanese athlete who is doing judo as well, Lucie Décosse who is a world champion, so I will support her and try to help her as best as I can to succeed at the Olympics.
Who is your all-time favourite Olympian?
I would say Jesse Owens, the black athlete who won the gold medals in Germany in the 1930s. He made history and it was really symbolic and this is one I know about very well. I have seen the images and it was really an emotive moment.
Have you seen the stadium yet?
Only on TV.
How will London fare as a host city?
I think it is the perfect city. London is used to having visitors from all over the world and the stadium and everything is ready to welcome every country and the athletes and the supporters from all over the world, so I am really excited for this event. I am not participating but I will be very active supporting and for the supporters to come here in London and discover all the sports is really the perfect thing. Also in Europe it is easy for the people to follow it on TV because of the time of the schedule.
If you had to pick one event to take part in which would you choose?
Basketball, definitely. I remember when I was a kid watching the Dream Team and France would be there as well with Tony Parker and Yannick Noah's son, Joakim. I may not be the tallest but I can move quick!