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Colette Flesch

Full name: Colette Flesch
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4" (162 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: April 16, 1937 in Dudelange, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Country: LUX Luxembourg
Sport: Fencing

Biography

After her father was killed during World War II, Colette Flesch (and her mother) spent some time in France before returning to her native Luxembourg and eventually studying abroad for a post-secondary education in the United States. The same year that she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she competed for Luxembourg in the individual foil event at the 1960 Summer Olympics, but won only two of her five bouts in the opening round and was eliminated. She was more successful in the event at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics, but still failed to advance beyond the first round either time. By the end of her athletic career, however, she had obtained a master’s degree from Tufts University, been named Luxembourg Sportswoman of the Year in 1967, and served as an administrator with the European Commission. In 1969 she won a seat on the Luxembourg City Council and, a year later, became the city’s first female mayor. She served in this capacity until 1980, when she was appointed Deputy Prime Minster under Pierre Werner, also taking on the roles of Minister for the Economy, Foreign Affairs, and Justice, as well as President of the Council of the European Union for the second half of the year. Although she was replaced in these positions by Jacques Poos in 1984, she remained President of the Luxembourg Democratic Party until 1989 and also acted as President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party from 1985 through 1989. She continued to serve in various political roles nationally and internationally until her retirement in 2009.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Fencing Women's Foil, Individual Luxembourg LUX 4 p1 r1/4
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Women's Foil, Individual Luxembourg LUX 2 p5 r1/4
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Fencing Women's Foil, Individual Luxembourg LUX 5 p5 r1/4

Women's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TD TG TR
1960 Summer 23 Roma Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool One 4 1960-08-31 2 3
1960 Summer 23 Roma Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool One 2 1960-08-31 Rejtő-Ujlaky-Sági (HUN) 4, Flesch (LUX) 1 1
1960 Summer 23 Roma Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool One 2 1960-08-31 Schmid (GER) 4, Flesch (LUX) 3 3
1960 Summer 23 Roma Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool One 2 1960-08-31 Appart (BEL) 4, Flesch (LUX) 3 3
1960 Summer 23 Roma Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool One 1 1960-08-31 Flesch (LUX) 4, Vall (ESP) 3 4
1960 Summer 23 Roma Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool One 1 1960-08-31 Flesch (LUX) 4, Nápoles (POR) 2 4
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 2 1964-10-14 5 1 23 11
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 2 1964-10-14 Watts-Tobin (GBR) 4, Flesch (LUX) 3 3
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 1 1964-10-14 Flesch (LUX) 4, Hopner (AUS) 1 4
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 1 1964-10-14 Flesch (LUX) 4, Ragno-Lonzi (ITA) 0 4
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 1 1964-10-14 Flesch (LUX) 4, Rastvorova (URS) 3 4
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 1 1964-10-14 Flesch (LUX) 4, Skinner (ZAM) 0 4
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 1 1964-10-14 Flesch (LUX) 4, Rodríguez (CUB) 3 4
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Fencing Luxembourg LUX Round One Pool Five 5 1968-10-19 2 4 16 19