France has been represented at every Olympic Winter Games and hosted the event on three occasions, including the first Games in Chamonix in 1924.
In 1968 in Grenoble, alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy became just the second alpine skier in history, after Austrian Toni Sailer, to win three gold medals [downhill, slalom and giant slalom] at the one edition of the Olympic Winter Games. Killy's three gold medals remains the most won by a French athlete.
The Goitschel sisters, Christine and Marielle, both claimed medals in alpine skiing in Innsbruck in 1964. Christine claimed gold in the women's slalom, with Marielle finishing with the silver. The pair then swapped places in the giant slalom, with Marielle claiming the gold. Marielle also won the slalom event four years later in Grenoble.
Moguls were introduced into the skiing programme in 1992 in Albertville and Frenchman Edgar Grospiron took gold as countrymen Olivier Allamand and Eric Berthon finished second and fourth respectively. Grospiron also won moguls bronze at the 1994 Lillehammer Games.
Another inaugural event winner was Karine Ruby, in snowboarding at the 1998 Nagano Games. She took out the giant slalom and added a parallel giant slalom silver medal to her personal tally at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
France won a total of six biathlon medals in Vancouver in 2010, the most by any nation. Vincent Jay claimed gold in the men's sprint and bronze in the men's pursuit.
Title: La Marseillaise [The Song of Marseille]
Creators: Words and music by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
Founding date: 1894
IOC recognition date: 1894
NOC president's name: Denis Masseglia
NOC general secretary’s name: Jean-Michel Brun
IOC member’s name: Guy Drut [entry in the IOC: 1996], Jean-Claude Killy [entry in the IOC: 1995], Tony Estanguet [entry in the IOC: 2013]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1924Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 22 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables