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JO de Sotchi : les chances de médailles de la France

Par Germain Arrigoni, France Bleu Isère et France Bleu Pays de Savoie vendredi 7 février 2014 à 6:01

Le biathlète Martin Fourcade espère briller aux JO de Sotchi
Le biathlète Martin Fourcade espère briller aux JO de Sotchi © Maxppp

Les Jeux Olympiques d'hiver de Sotchi ont débuté le vendredi 7 février avec la cérémonie d'ouverture. Le Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français a placé la barre haute pour ses athlètes avec un objectif de 15 médailles. Quelles sont les chances tricolores ? Tour d'horizon.

 "Nous viserons 15 médailles, dont un tiers de titres", a annoncé la Fédération française de ski, lors de la présentation de l'équipe de France au Comité national olympique et sportif français (CNOSF). Un objectif plus élevé qu'en 2010 où la France avait obtenu 11 médailles à Vancouver (le record avec Salt Lake City en 2002). Les sports de glace étaient rentrés bredouilles. Malgré les forfaits de Tessa Worley ** et [Marion Rolland** ](http://www.francebleu.fr/infos/ski-alpin/la-skieuse-des-deux-alpes-marion-rolland-blessee-l-entrainement-au-chili-revient-mercredi-en-france-848398), la délégation tricolore possède de nombreux atouts parmi ses 116 athlètes.

Martin Fourcade a rendez-vous

On le voit bien monter sur la plus haute marche d'un ou plusieurs podiums olympiques. Depuis sa médaille d’argent aux JO de Vancouver sur l’épreuve du 15km, Martin Fourcade enchaîne les bonnes performances en Coupe du monde de biathlon. Malgré son rendez-vous raté avec le public français, mi-décembre au Grand Bornand, le quintuple champion du monde a remporté 27 épreuves individuelles de Coupe du monde depuis 2010. En 2011, il a ajouté le titre de Champion du monde en poursuite à son palmarès. Le Français participera à six épreuves lors de ces JO dont le relais messieurs (4x7,5km) avec son frère  Simon Fourcade , Alexis Bœuf et Jean-Guillaume Béatrix .

Le biathlète Martin Fourcade est une des chances de médaille française à Sotchi - Maxppp
Le biathlète Martin Fourcade est une des chances de médaille française à Sotchi © Maxppp

 

Lamy Chappuis a repris son envol

Il est l'une des meilleures chances françaises de médaille d’or. Jason Lamy Chappuis défendra son titre obtenu à Vancouver en 2010 lors de l’épreuve du combiné nordique petit tremplin. Malgré une montée en puissance poussive (vainqueur de deux Coupes du monde cette saison), le porte-drapeau de la délégation tricolore devrait répondre présent le Jour J.

 

Alexis Pinturault, en forme olympique

Et si le joyau du ski français décrochait l'or ? Depuis ses impériales victoires au slalom de Wengen et dans le super-combiné de Kitzbühel, Alexis Pinturault a redonné espoir à la délégation tricolore de ski alpin qui était rentrée bredouille de Vancouver. Le jeune skieur de Courchevel (22 ans) est monté en régime : il a terminé une trentaine de jours de course en 2014 avec quatre podiums.

Le Français Alexis Pinturault - Maxppp
Le Français Alexis Pinturault © Maxppp

Kevin Rolland, ultra favori

Il est le favori du half-pipe, spécialité du ski acrobatique qui est une des nouvelles disciplines des JO de Sotchi. Kevin Rolland espère un nouveau titre pour son armoire à trophées bien remplie : quatre fois vainqueur des X Games, un championnat du monde et une Coupe du monde. Le champion du monde en titre vient en Russie pour devenir le premier champion olympique de sa discipline. En skicross, Ophélie David entend briller, à 37 ans, dans sa deuxième et dernière chance de décrocher l'or olympique.

Kevin Rolland, le skieur freestyle halfpipe - Maxppp
Kevin Rolland, le skieur freestyle halfpipe © Maxppp

 

Péchalat-Bourzat, pour une dernière danse

Uniques vraies chances de médaille tricolore en patinage artistique, Nathalie Péchalat et Fabian Bourzat honoreront le dernier rendez-vous de leur carrière. Les danseurs, doubles champions d'Europe, rêvent de glaner la première médaille olympique tricolore depuis douze ans. Derrière cette fragile locomotive bleue, deux champions seront sous le feu des projecteurs: [Brian Joubert ](http://www.francebleu.fr/sports/patinage-artistique/brian-joubert-en-russie-un-mois-des-jo-1169312 ), en lice pour la toute dernière compétition de sa carrière où il a toujours échoué, et le jeune Florent Amodio, champion d'Europe il y a trois ans.

Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat, les danseurs sur glace - Maxppp
Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat, les danseurs sur glace © Maxppp

 

chances médailles jo sotchi 2014 - Aucun(e)
chances médailles jo sotchi 2014

 

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