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Dec 13, 2007

Laura Flessel, Olympian Fencer



Laura Flessel-Colovic (born November 6, 1971 in Pointe-à-Pitre) is a French épée fencer. She is currently number one on the all-time list of French female Winter or Summer Olympic medal winners with five medals, two more than those on joint second place: Micheline Ostermeyer, Marielle Goitschel, Pascale Trinquet-Hachin, Perrine Pelen, Anne Briand-Bouthiaux, Marie-José Pérec, Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, Félicia Ballanger and Laure Manaudou. She is married and has one daughter.



What brought the native of Guadeloupe to the summit of the fencing world was an unrelenting drive and competitive ferocity that early on earned her the sobriquet la Guêpe — the Wasp. Flessel-Colovic latched onto fencing at age seven after seeing French legend Jean-François Lamour on television. She abandoned dance lessons for the local fencing club — and soon began a victorious ascent through local and regional ranks. The promising southpaw didn't leave home for Paris, and intensive training, until 1990, when — at 19, far from family, friends and acquaintances — she fought off loneliness by pouring all her attention and time into fencing (click here for the source and more).

Visit her official website.

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