French Olympians Perish in Helicopter Crash

Three French athletes – Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Camille Muffat, bronze medal winning boxer Alexis Vastine, and pioneering female yachter Florence Arthaud – were killed in Argentina when two helicopters collided and crashed. The three, immediately hailed as "three of France’s finest athletes," were part of the cast of European reality TV show "Dropped." Also killed were the two pilots, Argentines Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate, and five members of the television crew, French nationals Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert, and Edouard Gilles. 

Read more about the tragedy and the lives lost below.

Olympic medallists Alexis Vastine and Camille Muffat and prominent yachtswoman Florence Arthaud were among 10 people killed in the tragic incident. 

Vastine, 28, secured a boxing bronze in Beijing in 2008. Arthaud was one of the first women to carve a place for herself in the top levels of sailing with a 1990 record for the fastest solitary crossing of the Atlantic.

French swimmer Camille Muffat won three medals at the 2012 London Olympics, including gold in the 400-meter freestyle. Muffat also won silver in the 200-meter freestyle and bronze in the 4x200 freestyle relay to become only the third Frenchwoman to win three medals at the same Olympics. Read more