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Pierre-Yves Bény (pommel horse)

Monday 09 July 2012

An ESCP Europe student in the 2012 London Olympics

After being crowned Gymnastics Champion of France in June 2012, Pierre-Yves Bény, currently a student at ESCP Europe, will be a representative of France at the London Olympics.

Each year, 600 students attend the School's London campus. In 2012, London will welcome one of our students for a very different reason: gymnast and Master in Management student Pierre-Yves Bény will represent France at the London Olympics.

29-year-old Bény is currently studying for the ESCP Europe Master in Management alongside his athletic career. Already the Gymnastics Champion of France (2012), this will be his second chance for Olympic gold after competing in Athens in 2004 and placing 5th in the rings category. This year's games run from 27th July to 12th August, with Bény's team competition beginning on 28th July.

Getting ready for the Olympics

After a difficult 2011 owing to a bicep sinew rupture, Bény spent a hard few months rehabilitating and keeping sight of his primary objective: to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

"Never letting go and believing in myself, in my abilities and in my skills - these are values that ESCP Europe helped me to develop," says Bény. "On June 9th 2012, I won the title of Gymnastics Champion of France – it was a little more than 8 months after my injury."

This title completes his national career and confirms his attendance at the London Olympics as one of the major hopes for the French team.

Bény is confident: "I go to the Olympics with a conquering state of mind, aiming to achieve high scores and to contribute to the French team ranking. I aim to participate in the pommel horse final as well as to the general competition final – if I take part in all the qualifying tests. We hope to be in the top eight teams. It will be difficult, a real challenge; the kind of challenge that drives us forward."

We wish Pierre-Yves the best of luck in his pursuit of both sporting and academic excellence!

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