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PANEL: Women in sports: Caring about the legacy

Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 pm 

As the Olympic Games in Paris are around the corner, we have invited five-time Olympic champion Laura Flessel from France and World champion Nzingha Prescod from the US to talk about how they turn their successes on the Olympic stage into a lifelong commitment to helping women and others practice more sports and keep up with the Olympic spirit. They will be joined by Pascale Remy, who runs "Sport dans la Ville",an organization that helps underprivileged youth integrate through sports.
Alice Park, Senior Health correspondent at TIME, will moderate the panel.
In English
Free! Reservation required.
About our guests: 
Laura Flessel-Colovic is a five time Olympic champion in épée fencer and twice gold medalist in Atlanta in 1996. Born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, she has won the most Olympic medals of any French sportswoman.She also earned 6 world champion titles and
one european champion title. Before 2007, she was a member of the Levallois Sporting Club Escrime, and now works with Lagardère Paris Racing. She was France's flag-bearer at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, which was her fifth and last Olympics.

She also served as Minister of Sports from 2017 to 2018. She was appointed Minister of Sports in the Philippe Government on 17 May 2017 and resigned on 4 September 2018. Her non-for-profit work is commanding. She created Ti'Colibri to promote fencing. She is
one of the personalities in Paix par le Sport (Peace and Sport). She was the advisor for the 10th Gay Games in 2018 to name just a few.
Nzingha Prescod is a Brooklyn  native and one of the most  decorated athletes in USA fencing history as a 2x Olympian contender, World Champion, and 4x Senior World Medalist. She became the first  Black woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships when she claimed bronze in 2015. In July of 2018 she and her team captured Team USA’s first-ever World  Championships gold medal for the USA Foil. She is the first American woman to win a foil Grand  Prix and has ranked as high as fifth in the world. She will be inducted to the USA Fencing Hall of  Fame Class of 2024. 

Nzingha is a graduate of New York City’s highly acclaimed Stuyvesant High School and  Columbia University. Founder & CEO of The Prescod Institute for Sport, Teamwork and Education (PISTE), Nzingha has committed to expanding access to sports as a sports equity champion advocating for inclusive and  high-quality sports education. She was the thought leader for New York City Council legislation to create the Mayor’s Office of  Sports, Wellness & Recreation. 

Nzingha has earned several awards for her advocacy, including the first inaugural Service  & Hope Award by the US Olympic and Paralympic  Foundation, the Yolanda Jackson Giveback Award given by Billy Jean King of the Women’s  Sports Foundation, and the Everyday Hero Award presented by Toyota. She serves on the board of  USA Fencing and is a member of the US Olympic  & Paralympic Committee’s Council on Social and  Racial Justice. 

Pascale Remy is a graduate from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Group). She has a professional experience in international management within private corporations and non-profit organizations, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. She has spent more than fifteen years in the United States, including ten in Chicago, where she was the Executive Director of the Alliance Française. She currently leads the international partnerships of Sport dans la Ville. Sport dans la Ville is France’s leading nonprofit serving disadvantaged youth through sports and job-readiness training. She is committed to developing Sport dans la Ville International Program and
particularly exchanges with the United States so that more young people can benefit from such life-transforming experiences every year. In 2024, over 350 young people will benefit from this program.

Alice Park is the senior health correspondent with TIME and author of The Stem Cell Hope, How Stem Cell Medicine Can Change Our Lives. In 2019, she co-chaired the inaugural Time 100 Health Summit. She has written cover stories on stem cells, childhood vaccinations, the health care system, heart disease, HIV, cancer immunotherapy and the gene editing technology CRISPR. Park also contributes to the magazine’s Olympics coverage, covering figure skating, gymnastics and swimming.
She is the recipient of the 2021 New York Press Club Award for Feature Reporting —Science, Medicine & Technology.