The Masterclass of Michael Phelps
6:30 p.m., studio 104
His word is rare. Michael Phelps, 37, with an extraordinary record, will give an exceptional one-hour lecture, where the public will also be able to ask him questions. The American swimmer, who retired after the Rio Games, has built up an immense list of achievements: 36 long-course world records (individual and relay) and… 23 Olympic gold medals, hoisting him thus to the rank of the most successful athlete in the history of the Games. In Rio, in 2016, he even occupied the top step of the podium five times (200 m butterfly, 200 m medley, 4 × 100 m, 4 × 200 m and 4 × 100 m medley). Now speaker and muse of the Omega brand, the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games, Michael Phelps will talk about his career in the pools, and his tremendous experience, but also his retraining and his fight against depression. The former swimmer experienced pressure, anxiety, isolation, and post-Olympic depression, he also gave the floor to several athletes in his documentary “The weight of gold”, visible on L ‘Team Explore since last spring.
A source of inspiration for many athletes, he will also talk about his vision of swimming today, and will come back to rising star Léon Marchand, double world champion last July in Budapest (200 m medley, 400 m 4 strokes) and third Frenchman in history twice crowned at the same World Championships, after Laure and Florent Manaudou. For the past year, he has been training in the United States under the orders of Bob Bowman, the former coach of … Michael Phelps.
10:30 a.m., studio 104
The Olympic flame went out in Tokyo on August 8, 2021, it will be reignited in Paris on July 26, 2024. A symbolic gesture to move from one edition to another… which this time will be strongly renewed. In a post-Covid context and major changes in society in terms of, among other things, the environment, cost control, concern for the legacy to be left, the Paris Games wanted to stand out. In addition to the setting up of a unique opening ceremony on the Seine to be accessible to as many people as possible, the introduction of breaking to rejuvenate the program, the ambition to make the Paralympic Games a meeting as attended as those of London in 2012, which have become a reference in this field, there is above all the desire to reach, beyond the athletes, the population as a whole.
Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee, accompanied by the Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games Amélie Oudéa-Castéra and Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy mayor of Paris, will return to all these subjects during of the first round table of the day. Alongside them, great figures of French sport will tell their own experience of the Games: Kevin Mayer, double Olympic vice-champion, double world champion and world record holder in the decathlon, and Sandrine Martinet, Paralympic judo champion in 2016, flag of the Tokyo Games in 2021 (silver medalist), who could compete in Paris for her sixth Paralympic Games.
10:30 a.m., Foyer F
Developing French people’s practice of sport is a societal choice. The Games are often considered successful depending on the number of medals obtained, but can’t we hope that they will also help to encourage vocations, that they will increase the number of licensees? Hosting the Games is an opportunity to capitalize on a global event to restore a taste for sport by democratizing its practice. Marie-José Pérec, three-time Olympic champion (400m, Barcelona 1992; 200m and 400m, Atlanta 1996), will talk about sport “like medicine for everything”. Doctor François Carré will warn about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, and Marie Barsacq, in charge of inheritance issues at Paris 2024, will focus on the shift from a sporting nation to a competitive nation.
Former IOC President Jacques Rogge explained that “the Games, in addition to realizing the dreams and achievements of young athletes, are the ideal framework for champions to prepare the ground for future generations”.
Since the start of the school year, the entry into force of the thirty minutes of daily physical activity in primary school constitutes a first line of approach. After the London Games in 2012, a new British school curriculum required all primary school pupils to take part in competitive sport. The example to follow?
12:15 p.m., Foyer F
Far from the image of over-mediatised athletes such as footballers or tennis players, many top athletes find it difficult to make a living from their sport. Two years from a deadline like that of the Games, how can they be allowed to devote themselves fully to their discipline with Olympic gold in their sights? Among the different funding circles, there are institutional aid, programs linked to companies such as sports teams (EDF, FDJ, Bridgestone) or even training agreements such as in the army, for example.
The Ministry of Sports is also developing a social monitoring policy so that top athletes can achieve performances that match their potential, while guaranteeing them training and professional integration corresponding to their abilities and aspirations.
In a dedicated round table, the swordsman Romain Cannone, Olympic champion (2021) and world champion (2022), who currently holds a part-time position at EDF, will speak on professional integration contracts (CIP) from which athletes can benefit.
He will be accompanied by swimmer and comedian Théo Curin, and lawyer specializing in sports law Delphine Verheyden, who notably represents the interests of Kylian Mbappé.
Christophe Galtier talks about his method
1:50 p.m., Studio 104
In football, as in other sports, there are two hours of daily training, but the other twenty-two are just as important. The famous invisible work… Between recovery, nutrition or even sleep, there are many areas of development for an athlete to make them even more efficient. PSG coach Christophe Galtier – winner of the Coupe de la Ligue in 2013 with Saint-Étienne and French champion with Lille in 2021 – has built his career step by step. Now occupying a position with a very different dimension, he will develop his management method, his way of managing his workforce rich in stars, and the means implemented to obtain the best results.
3:45 p.m., Seine Gallery
Sport brings together people with low incomes, who do not always have access to education. He opens doors for them. If, with its “Impact 2024” program, the Paris OCOG supports hundreds of projects (650 since 2020) that link sport and social inclusion in Greater Paris in particular, several players in the world of sport have already made this subject their fight. . Former boxer Sarah Ourahmoune, silver medalist at the Rio Games (- 51 kg), is particularly concerned about the place of women in the world of sport since the end of her career in 2016. She will talk about her various actions at alongside Jean-Philippe Acensi, President of the Agency for Education through Sport, Hughes Defoy, Director of Economic Mobilization at Agefiph and Florence Hardouin, CEO of the French Football Federation, who will specify the various projects carried out by the Federation in the neighborhoods or for the recognition of the work of volunteers.