Who are these Seine-et-Marne athletes who participated in the Olympic Games?

Who are these Seine-et-Marne athletes who participated in the Olympic Games?
Who are these Seine-et-Marne athletes who participated in the Olympic Games?

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Romane Legros

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Jul 6, 2024 at 12:48 PM

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After being presented in Lognes, the exhibition “Olympic Athletes Born in Seine-et-Marne” is arriving at the Luxembourg Media Library in Meaux. Due to the involvement of Seine-et-Marne in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Bernard Lallemant, president of the genealogical circle of Briehad the idea of ​​carrying out research, with the members of the circle, on the athletes who took part in the Olympic Games and of making a temporary exhibition before the start of the Games.

From the Antwerp Olympics in 1920 to the Rio Olympics in 2016

This exhibition, free and open to all, brings together in total more than fifty athletes having participated in and sometimes won the Olympic Games. We thus discover, sometimes with astonishment, that several of them were born in Melun or even in Claye-Souilly, Thorigny, Meaux, Lagny, Coulommiers, etc.

Whether it is an athlete in archery, rowing, long jumping, swimming or clay pigeon shooting, these sportsmen from Seine-et-Marne are present in all sports categories.

In the exhibition, the oldest athlete is Edward Ferdinand BaderBorn in 1899 in Ferrières-en-Brie, this rugby player joined the French rugby union team for the JO of Antwerp in 1920 and will win the medal silver.

On the contrary, the youngest athlete, probably better known to the public, is Benjamin Auffretborn in 1995. He participates in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and finished fourth in the men’s 100 meters.

A major research project

This exhibition is the result of several months of work and research by the Cercle Généalogique de la Brie. “I would say that it is at least 6 months that around ten people are working on it,” explains Daniel Troublé, founder and trainer at the Cercle de généalogie de la Brie.

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With 500 members in 2024, this circle aims to carry out genealogical research on ancestors in Seine-et-Marne. It is then that the circle’s trainer explains his research work on two athletes who can be found at the exhibition: Jacques Degats and Bertrand Chéret.

Research that is now essentially digital

To carry out this research, Daniel Troublé now uses the internet. “Unlike when I started, today all city archives are digitized and everything is accessible on internet databases,” he says. Previously, it was necessary to go to the town hall or a city library and search for the information in question in books. Today, the process is no longer the same. As a result, genealogical research is much more accessible than before, which can make you want to question the origins of your ancestors.

Luxembourg Media Library in Meaux. Until July 27. Free entry

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