Top Talent & Rising Stars from Bordeaux

Floyd Ayité

Floyd Ayité

Footballer

The 23-year-old midfielder used to ply his trade at Bordeaux, the city of his birth, but is now contracted to Reims, who will compete in Ligue 1 during the 2012-13 campaign. His older brother, Jonathan, plays for Brest. Both are Togo internationals.

Lucenzo

Lucenzo
Singer/songwriter

Lucenzo is a Portuguese-French singer-songwriter and producer, who was born in Bordeaux. The 29-year-old is perhaps best known for his dance hit with France-based rapper Big Ali, ‘Let’s dance Kuduro’.

Grégory Bourdy

Grégory Bourdy
Golfer

Although not a huge name in the golfing world, Grégory Bourdy has still recorded several notable European Tour wins in his career since turning professional in 2003. Along with the Mallorca Classic and the Estoril Open de Portugal, the Frenchman also held off the challenge of Rory McIlroy to win the UBS Hong Kong Open in November 2009.

Laurent Capmas
Photographer

Laurent Capmas is a photographer who specialises in sport, fashion and glamour. He was born in Bordeaux but is now based on Reunion Island.

Edouard Dubois

Edouard Dubois
Golfer

Edouard Dubois is another French golfer from the Bordeaux region. The 23-year-old turned pro in 2008 and already had four tour wins under his belt, including the Kärnten Golf Open, which he won in June 2011.

Stéphanie Falzon
Hammer thrower

A French hammer thrower who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Stéphanie Falzon’s personal best throw currently stands at 73.40 metres (as of July 2008).

Benny Howell

Benny Howell
Cricketer

Although he was raised in England, cricketer Benny Howell was in fact born in Bordeaux. The 23-year-old currently plays for Gloucestershire, having previously represented Hampshire.

Blel Kadri
Road bicycle racer

The 25-year-old currently races for UCI ProTour team Ag2r-La Mondiale, who compete in the famous Tour de France. In 2012, he finished first in the Mountains classification on the Route du Sud race.

Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied
Ballet dancer

Perhaps best known for his role in the hit film ‘Black Swan’ as “David/The Prince”, Benjamin Millepied is a famous French ballet dancer and choreographer. He was born in Bordeaux, but was brought up in Dakar, Senegal.

Stéphanie Possamaï
Judoka

Stéphanie Possamaï won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing for Judo in the -78 kg category.

Pascal Rigo

Pascal Rigo
Restaurateur

The French-American restaurateur owns a host of boulangeries, restaurants and wholesale and retail bakeries in California. He was born in Bordeaux and was just seven years old when he apprenticed at his village’s bakery.

Boris Sanson
Sabre fencer

Boris Sanson is a hugely-successful French sabre fender, who picked up a gold medal for the Team sabre event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He has also won medals at the World Fencing Championships, including gold in 2006.

Jean-Baptiste Soufron

Jean-Baptiste Soufron
Advisor, Lawyer, Journalist

Jean-Baptiste Soufron works as an advisor on digital economy to the French Minister of innovation and digital economy. He is also a lawyer and journalist and was involved in Wikipedia during the website’s early years.

Stéphanie Sokolinski
Singer

Better known by her stage name, Soko, the 26-year-old is a French singer and actress. Her music spans various genres including folk, rock and indie.

Abdoulaye Keita

Abdoulaye Keita
Footballer

The 21-year-old is a goalkeeper who plays for Bordeaux and wears the No. 1 jersey, but is yet to win a first-team place ahead of Cédric Carrasso. Still, the France Under-19 international is one to keep an eye on for the future.


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