|Family name: Calmat|
Given name: Alain
Date and place of birth: 31 August 1940, Paris
Olympic achievements: silver medal in figure skating (Innsbruck 1964 OG)
Alain Calmat, who had the honour of lighting the cauldron of the Grenoble Olympic Games at the Opening Ceremony on 6 February 1968, had an extraordinary sporting and professional career. From a sporting point of view, he was world figure skating champion in 1965; four-time French champion (1958, 1962, 1963, 1965); and an Olympic medallist in Innsbruck in 1964. With his medical qualifications, it was natural for him to change profession at the end of his sports career to become a very successful cardiovascular surgeon. In 1984, he was appointed Minister of Youth and Sports in François Mitterrand’s government.