A champion, and an exceptional man, Tony has certainly left his mark on history. In 2000, at just 22 years old, and without any Olympic experience, he became the first Frenchman to win a gold medal in the canoe single (C1) in Sydney. Four years later, in Athens, he repeated his success in the same sport, thus earning his stripes as a pioneer. French canoe-kayaking had never before seen one of its athletes win double Olympic gold. In London, his success in the C1 final will forever be regarded as exceptional, and he remains a unique athlete. At 34 years old, Estanguet, from Pau, has become the first French athlete to be presented with three Olympic gold medals in the same event.


To his incredible track record it is possible to add 3 individual world titles (2006, 2009 and 2010), 2 team titles (2007 and 2009), and 3 European titles (2000, 2006 and 2011).


Officer of The Legion of Honour, Commander of the National Order of Merit, and the City of Pau’s gold medallist, he was appointed flag-bearer for France at the Beijing Games opening ceremony. It was a unanimous decision, among the athletes as much as the sporting officials - proof of his athletic ability, if any was needed. Two years later, he was chosen by the IOC to be one of the ambassadors of the first Youth Olympic Games, organised in Singapore.


Tony is also co-President of the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF), was elected to the Federal Council of the French Canoeing and Kayaking Federation, and is standing as a candidate for the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

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