London Hot Olympian of the Evening: France’s Elodie Clouvel

elodie-clouvelTo honor the London Games and the athletes participating in them, The Slanch Report will be bringing you THRICE DAILY a Hot Olympian of the Day. Each day we will bring you three (likely unknown-to-you) Olympians who, while maybe not quite worthy of a place on the medal stand, certainly are worth being placed on a pedestal for us to enjoy. Celebrate them all on the Hot Olympians page.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic games, created the modern pentathlon to mimic the requirements of a 19th century foot soldier. Comprised of pistol shooting, fencing, 200M freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a 3KM cross-country run, the modern pentathlon better resembles the call sheet for a James Bond stunt double than anything a normal person would encounter in modern days. 

France's Elodie Clouvel, 23, grew up a swimmer but when she failed to make the Beijing Olympic team she decided to leave the sport. Approached by the French Federation for the Modern Pentathlon who knew Clouvel had also been a champion cross-country runner when she was a teenager, Clouvel was game except for one small problem: she was terrified of horses. 

Overcoming her fear, in 2012 the six foot tall Clouvel won at the World Cup in Rio, her first major victory. Alas, in the Olympics she finished in 31st place. However, still quite young and new to the sport, there is a great chance Clouvel can progress mightily in the sport if she is able to stick with it. She has been studying English and has a burgeoning model career so there's no guarantee that will be the case but she vowed to stick around at least through the 2016 Rio games. 

Either way, pay attention Columbia Pictures: she looks like a perfect Bond girl to me. 

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