Top 5 Favorite International Athletes of STM’s Language Department


Mrs. Dorn, Ms. Basoa-Calvo, Mrs. Waldoch, and Madame Colignon present their favorite international athletes! Who is your favorite?

1. Marie-José Perec – Track and Field Sprinter – France

She was born on the  French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean and moved to Paris when she was 16 years old. Recognizing her natural ability, coaches practically forced her to become a sprinter! She specialized in the 200 and 400 meters and was a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

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2. Zinedine Zidane – Coach of Real Madrid Soccer Team – France

He is a French retired professional footballer and the current manager of Real Madrid. He played as an attacking midfielder and has always held an elegant personality that matched his brilliant game on the field. He always played with a vision in mind! UEFA named him the best European footballer of past 50 years.


3. Lionel Messi – Soccer Player – Argentina

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina. He won 5 times the FIFA Ballon D´Or and he is committed to La Selección Argentina as well as FC Barcelona, where he started playing at the age of 12. Also, he is a UNICEF ambassador and he founded the Leo Messi Foundation, focused on helping children in need.


4. Rafa Nadal – Tennis Champion – Spain

Rafael Nadal was born in Mallorca, Spain. He is currently ranked number 1 in men’s singles tennis by the ATP. He is also known as “The King of Clay” and he is seen as the greatest clay-court player in history.

Nadal has created his own foundation (Fundación Rafa Nadal). This foundation focuses on social work and development aid particularly on childhood and youth.


5. Mireia Belmonte – Swimmer — Spain

Mireia Belmonte was born in Badalona, Spain. She started swimming at the age of 4 due to a medical advice. Mireia Belmonte is an Olympic, world and European champion swimmer. She is considered the best Spanish swimmer of all time.

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