|Full name Florian Rousseau|
|Name Florian Rousseau|
Disciplines Track cycling
|Born 3 February 1974 (age 41)
Orleans, France (1974-02-03) |
Olympic medals Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Keirin Men
Similar People Jens Fiedler, Marty Nothstein, Gary Neiwand
Men's sprint 2002 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Florian Rousseau (born 3 February 1974 in Orleans) is a French former track cyclist who won three gold medals and one silver at the Summer Olympics (1996 and 2000). He was popular among spectators for the facial expressions he pulled - many of them seeming to make his eyes bulge - to help him concentrate at the start of races. In retirement he became one of France's national sprint coaches.
- Men's sprint 2002 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
- Outside cycling
Rousseau spent much of his childhood and went to school in Patay. He began as a soccer player but, seeing no future in team sports, switched to cycling. He showed early talent on the track and joined the national sports institute, INSEP, in western Paris in 1990. He won the world junior kilometre championship in 1992 and the world senior championship in 1993 and 1994.
Florian Rousseau's win in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, started a golden period for French track cycling that lasted four years. He won the kilometre at Atlanta but dropped the discipline to become a sprinter. He was trained by Gerard Quintyn and won the world sprint championship in 1996 to 1998. He won three Olympic gold medals and a silver. He was world team sprint champion in 1997 and 1998 and won the national sprint championship 17 times.
Florian Rousseau was the national sprint coach at INSEP, in western Paris. He resigned shortly after the 2013 Cycling World Championships in Minsk
Rousseau was appointed as the inaugural president of the UCI Athletes' Commission in 2011.
Rousseau is married to Sonia, and a scuba-diver in his spare time, particularly in the Caribbean and off Australia.