It’s Tokyo Olympics time for UGA students and graduates!

Elite sport
On  July 11, 2021
Vue du nouveau stade olympique national de Tokyo © Sutterstock
Vue du nouveau stade olympique national de Tokyo © Sutterstock
From PyeongChang to Tokyo, from Winter Games to Summer Games, the Olympic journey carries on for high-level athletes and graduates from Université Grenoble Alpes. This summer, 10 champions will take part in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Let’s get to know the UGA delegation!
Although the Olympic flame has not visited the capital of the Alps since the 1968 Winter Games, high-level athlete students and young graduates from Université Grenoble Alpes have carried the torch at each Olympiad. In 2018, 18 UGA champions took part in the PyeongChang Winter Games in South Korea, where they snatched two Paralympic medals and 6 Olympic medals, totaling 40% of the medals won by the French team!

Already present at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jordan Pothain (swimming), David Smétanine (para-swimming) and Valentin Prades (modern pentathlon) will be joined in these Tokyo Olympics by 7 new high-level student athletes and young graduates from UGA.

Violaine Aernoudts, diplômée de l'UGAAnouck Jaubert, étudiante sportive de haut niveau à l'UGAFlorian Jouanny, diplômé de l'UGAEmma Lunatti, diplômée de l'UGAMbagnick Ndiaye, étudiant sportif de haut niveau de l'UGAJordan Pothain, étudiant sportif de haut niveau à l'UGAValentin Prades, diplômé de l'UGAFaysal Sawadogo, étudiant sportif de haut niveau à l'UGADavid Smétanine, diplômé de l'UGALaura Tarantola, diplômée de l'UGA

Starting July 23rd, join the 10 UGA champions on the tracks, tatamis and climbing walls of Tokyo, as well as its nautical stadium and Olympic pools.

UGA students participating in the Tokyo Olympics

  • Anouck Jaubert (speed climbing)
  • Mbagnick Ndiaye (judo)
  • Jordan Pothain (swimming)
  • Faysal Sawadogo (taekwondo)

UGA graduates participating in the Tokyo Olympics

  • Violaine Aernoudts (rowing)
  • Florian Jouanny (para-cycling)
  • Emma Lunatti (rowing)
  • Valentin Prades (modern pentathlon)
  • David Smétanine (para-swimming)
  • Laura Tarantola (rowing)
Published on  July 20, 2021
Updated on  December 16, 2022