Tessa Worley and Kevin Rolland have been designated flag bearers for the French team for the 2022 Winter Olympics which will take place in Beijing (China) from February 4 to 20.
The giant’s double world champion (2013 and 2017) and the 2014 Olympic halfpipe bronze medalist were elected by their peers following a three-step process in which the general public was invited for the first time to nominate his favorites in every sport.
Of the 26 athletes acclaimed by more than 65,000 people, six champions applied last week to lead the delegation of 87 tricolor athletes.
Paralympics flag bearer Benjamin Daviet
This man-woman duo, as at the Tokyo Games (Clarisse Agbegnenou and Samir Aït-Saïd), succeeds the five-time Olympic biathlon champion Martin Fourcade, standard bearer at the PyeongChang Games in 2018.
Tessa Worley, alpine skiing & Kevin Rolland, freestyle skiing
Benjamin Daviet, Para Nordic Skiing
— Team France (@EquipeFRA) January 26, 2022
“It is with great pride and great joy that I learned the news,” said Tessa Worley. I am very grateful that the Athlete Ambassadors have trusted me to fulfill this important role. I want to share as much emotion as possible, put our experience to the benefit of all, and also feed myself with all these great athletes who form the French delegation for these Games. We are going to Beijing with a lot of determination, will, pleasure, I want to transmit all this to the French public, despite the distance.
“Being a flag bearer is just a huge source of pride, I would never have expected to represent the French delegation at the Games! I am happy and super-motivated to boost this French team to get as many medals as possible, reacted Kevin Rolland. Obviously, it’s also a personal pride after what happened to me, the fact of coming back after my accident at the Olympic Games, but as a flag bearer, symbolically, it’s strong. I will try to bring back energy, positivity. I knew the medal, but I also knew the failure, so I hope to be able to be of good advice and if not, the athletes can count on my support.
For his part, Benjamin Daviet will be the flag bearer of the French delegation during the Paralympic Games (March 4-20). The triple Paralympic Nordic skiing champion will succeed skier Marie Bochet and her eight Paralympic titles. In Pyeongchang, the Haut-Savoyard had been designated flag bearer for the closing ceremony.
“It’s a huge honor to be elected flag bearer and even more so by my peers,” said Benjamin Daviet. I thank the athletes for the trust they place in me and will do my best to be the captain, the confidant, the spokesperson and to help promote the diversity and richness of this delegation! I take this opportunity to congratulate the flag bearers of the Olympic delegation… two great champions! With a special mention to Tessa who comes from the same station as me.”