The Summer Olympics: Laura Flessel-Colovic

The Wasp has given France and fencing a flashy new dimension

For someone who lunges to glory swathed in a get-up resembling a bee-keeper's outfit, French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic has had no problem establishing herself as one of France's most chic and photogenic sports personalities. Since first grabbing attention with a pair of gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, she has wowed sports fans with graceful and tenacious swordswomanship, adding three world championship titles to a list of international laurels. Away from her foils, the stunning 28-year-old has enhanced her celebrity status with flourishes of wit and charm that have made her a star with a larger French public that doesn't...

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