TESTIMONY. Paris 2024 Olympic Games: bearer of the Olympic flame in Tarbes, Guilhem Garrigues experienced “a crazy day”

TESTIMONY. Paris 2024 Olympic Games: bearer of the Olympic flame in Tarbes, Guilhem Garrigues experienced “a crazy day”
TESTIMONY. Paris 2024 Olympic Games: bearer of the Olympic flame in Tarbes, Guilhem Garrigues experienced “a crazy day”

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Guilhem Garrigues, the rugby journalist from Canal + from Montauban, in Tarn-et-Garonne, carried the Olympic flame to Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées), Sunday May 19, 2024. He confides his emotion after experiencing “a crazy day “. An honor from which he was able to benefit thanks to an award for his documentary on the captain of the XV of France Antoine Dupont, produced for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“I’m barely touching down emotionally.” Nearly 24 hours after carrying the flame for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Guilhem Garrigues is still upset. The journalist specializing in rugby and originally from Montauban, in Tarn-et-Garonne, had the immense honor of being part of the convoy of the Olympic symbol in Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées), Sunday May 19, 2024.

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A privilege offered by a partner of the Olympic Games thanks to the Micro d’Or won for the documentary “Dupont, naturally”, which paints the portrait of Antoine Dupont, the captain of the XV of France, just before the start of the World Cup rugby union 2023 in France, last September.

Surrounded by athletes and local personalities

“It’s a crazy day, it’s exceptional for a sports fan like me,” continues the man who has been based in the Paris region for around twenty years now. “It’s a huge organization set up like clockwork. For four hours, we’re in a bubble and we enjoy a moment suspended in time,” says the man who cut his teeth at La Dépêche du Midi.

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Summoned in the middle of the afternoon, Guilhem Garrigues was surrounded by numerous champions, including European champion basketball players Céline Dumerc and Isabelle Yacoubou, world champion handball player Valérie Nicolas and even local personalities such as the guitarist of the Bigourdan group Boulevard des Airs, Florent Dasque.

Registration number E 75

“The day begins with a briefing where we are explained the symbolism of the flame, but also the technical part when we are on the course, explains the journalist. Then, we put on the white outfit, we stick our number (E 75 for Tarn-et-Garonne) on the heart and we board a bus which drops us off on our part of the route. From there, we really feel that we are at the heart of the concerns of the people on the edge of. the road. It’s a unique moment.”

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On the route, Guilhem Garrigues must carry the torch to Avenue des Forges, at the end of the route. “Little by little, the bus empties. We really become aware of how lucky we are. There is excitement, stress and a touch of pride.”

“A parenthesis in time”

Around 6 p.m., Jean-Pierre Siutat, the Haut-Pyrénées president of the French basketball federation, holds out the flame to Tarn-et-Garonnais. From there, Guilhem Garrigues shifts into another dimension, he is, for two minutes, the center of attention. “It’s a parenthesis in time. It’s both long and so short. I feel like I haven’t enjoyed enough. With all the emotions mixing in my head, it’s difficult to describe and explain!”, he admits. Especially in front of his partner and his son.

Returning home, Guilhem Garrigues realizes the unique opportunity that has been offered to him. “I will carefully keep the white outfit and the souvenir ring of this day. And I will also remember the unique life journeys of many other anonymous torch bearers and involved in sport. It is a day which will remain engraved in my memory.”, concludes the Montalbanais.

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