About Florent Manaudou
Florent Manaudou (born November 12, 1990 in Villeurbanne) is a French competitive swimmer and Olympic champion of the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics in London. He is the son of a French father and a Dutch mother and the younger brother of Laure Manaudou, also an Olympic gold medalist.
He first began swimming under the direction of his older brother, Nicholas Manaudou, and later joined the swimming club of Marseilles, France. In 2007 he was the Junior Champion of France of the 50-meter freestyle event. In 2009, he joined the French Army and is currently in an artillery regiment.
He and his sister Laure are the first siblings to both win Olympic gold medals in swimming. In addition to swimming, he is known for his dimples, his pierced tongue, and tribal tattoo.
Manaudou was awarded the Knight of the French National Order of the Légion d'Honneur for his "eminent merits" in swimming for his performance in 2012.