Sanofi & Paris 2024: Amandine Buchard's Olympic Journey

Team Sanofi Athlete

Qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games




28 years old




Advocating for women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights.

About the Athlete

Amandine’s talent and winning attitude are unmatched. On top of being a highly decorated athlete, Amandine is an outspoken advocate for social change in France and the world of sport, sharing her coming out story with the world to highlight the importance of being your authentic self to ignite your full potential. 
Amandine discovered judo at the age of six thanks to her dad. Following her father’s death in 2008, she strove to become professional in order to respect her father’s dream. Determined to succeed, Amandine’s career took off once she won the national champion title of the -48kg at 17. Today, the three-time World Champion is a decorated athlete, winning silver and gold with the French team at the Tokyo Olympic Games. 
But her achievements don’t stop there. She's also a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Tired of hiding, she made the brave choice of coming out in 2018. Amandine now shares her journey to defend LGBTQ+ rights and highlights the importance of shaping an inclusive world where everyone can be authentically themselves, not only today but for future generations. Amandine is a women’s rights activist using her platform to advance gender equity. She's also involved with "De l'ombre à la lumière,” an organization that fights against violence against women.

World Track Record

  • Four times bronze medalist at the Judo World Championships
  • Won gold in the Judo Mixed Team category and silver in the women’s -52kg at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Won gold at the European Championships in 2021 and silver in 2011, 2014 and 2022.
  • European Champion 2023 

Follow Amandine’s journey to Paris 2024

Meet the Team

Valériane Ayayi

Baskeball, France