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Gwendal Peizerat Shows his French Flair

During a site visit by the International Olympic Committee’s (“IOC”) Evaluation Commission to the French bid city of Annecy in February, Gwendal Peizerat, the 2002 Olympic ice dance champion, showed he can do more than skate.
“I played guitar for the IOC members and performed ‘Welcome the Olympic Flame’ to the Eagles tune, ‘Hotel California,’” he explained. Peizerat also wrote the lyrics (see below). Check out the video of his performance.

Welcome The Olympic Flame

In a beautiful landscape, in the heart of the Alps
Sits one of the purest lake, that Europe may have,
What’s the name of the city, which will host the OG?
I listened to the wind blowing in the tree
I thought I heard Annecy.

Refrain
Welcome the Olympic Flame in Annecy,
Such a lovely place, such a sporty place,
We surely believe that the rings will stand in Annecy,
In just seven years, we’ll be joining here.

Our minds are IOC twisted, we live by Coubertin’s rules,
We’ve got a lot of champions in the bid, and they won’t play it cool.
Athletes is what we care for, “they will love that for sure,”
For them we keep willing for more performance and pleasure.

Refrain
Welcome the Olympic Flame in Annecy,
Such a lovely place, such a sporty place,
We surely believe that the rings will stand in Annecy,
In just seven years, we’ll be partying here.

When Annecy games will be ending, we’ll drink champagne on ice,
In 2018, our mountains will still be nice.
Protected, loved and enhanced, nature sport and Annecy,
Will offer even beyond France, a perfect legacy.

Refrain
Welcome the Olympic Flame in Annecy,
Such a lovely place, such a sporty place,
The Paralympics will also come in Annecy,
Everywhere you will see, accessibility.

Welcome the OG, the flame will burn in Annecy,
Such a lovely place, such a sporty place,
We surely believe that the games will come in Annecy,
In just seven years, Olympics will be here.


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