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27 Sep 2011
France , Olympic News

Olympic gold medallist Vincent Defrasne donates rifle to The Olympic Museum

Vincent Defrasne, the French biathlete who won a gold medal at the Turin Olympic Games in 2006 and a bronze medal at Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002, has donated the rifle he used at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in 2010 to the Olympic Museum.

Defrasne, whose career in biathlon saw him win five world biathlon championship medals, including two world championship titles, recently completed an internship at the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 33 year-old, who has two young children, retired from competition in 2010, four years after becoming a household name in France as its first-ever Olympic biathlon champion. Defrasne's also served as the official flagbearer for the French team at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Defrasne's spent his internship at the IOC in the very department responsible for running the Athlete Career Programme, a scheme set up to help Olympic athletes in their transition from elite sport to a normal working life.

Now that his rifle from the Olympic Games is displayed in a case in The Olympic Museum, it would seem that the champion is all set for a successful career change!

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