French olympic swimmer L. Marchand was born on May 17, 2002. He holds the French national mark in the long course 200-meter IM.
200-meter butterfly, and 200-meter breaststroke, and the European record in the 400-meter individual medley.
In the Olympic Games of 2020, he swam the 400-meter individual medley and finished in sixth place.
He swept the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley at the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
With Home Olympics Calling, L. Marchand Eager to Embrace Challenges Ahead
L. Marchand, a French hockey player, will likely be at the peak of his athletic abilities during the Paris Games.
How well he prepares will determine how well he can use that strength. This is a challenge that he is excited to take on.
L. Marchand had just finished his final swim at the Tokyo Aquatic Center when he heard the ruckus.
After competing in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, L. Marchand, all of 19, was back home.
His first Olympic performance had been successful; he had placed in the top 20 in two events and made the finals in one (the 400 individual medley).
Ultimately, he had been able to use his past to break through the barrier he had constructed in his mind that had kept him from competing with the best swimmers in the world.
L. Marchand is France’s New Swimming Star in Perfect Timing for Paris Olympics
French teenager L. Marchand sent Michael Phelps’ longtime coach, Bob Bowman, a request through cold email two years ago.
L. Marchand expressed an interest in joining Bowman’s programme at Arizona State University given his plans to study in the United States.
When Bowman first heard about the boy, he said he had never heard of the city of Toulouse. These kinds of presentations from high school swimmers are common, but this one stood out.
The last name, for starters, sounded familiar. During his swimming career, Xavier L. Marchand Sr. competed in the Olympics in 1996 and 2000.
Won silver in the 200-meter individual medley at the 1998 World Championships, and trained for a while at Auburn.
Céline Bonnet, his mother, competed for France in the IM events at the 1992 Olympics.
Since his Olympic debut in Tokyo, L. Marchand has been the subject of constant media attention.
This 19-year-old prodigy ranked sixth in the 200-meter medley, fourteenth in the 200-meter butterfly, and eighteenth in the 200-meter individual medley (individual medley).
In the following years, he won the 400-meter individual medley event at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest while also setting a new French record of 4 minutes, 4.28 seconds.