Laurent Vidal

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLaurent Jean-Marie Philippe•Vidal
Used nameLaurent•Vidal
Born18 February 1984 in Sète, Hérault (FRA)
Died10 November 2015 in Gigean, Hérault (FRA)
Measurements184 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsLagardère Paris Racing, Paris (FRA)
NOC France


Laurent Vidal was runner-up at the 2002 European Junior Championships. He was Oceanian Champion in 2010 and in 2013 won the Oceanian Cup. Vidal competed in over 50 ITU World Cup events, recording 25 top 10 finishes, with three podium finishes. He was a three-time French Champion, and competed for the French Military Triathlon Team. Vidal competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, finishing fifth in 2012. In 2014 Vidal suffered a heart attack while doing swim training and had to be placed in an induced coma for him to survive, which ended his triathlon career. Unfortunately, only one year later, Vidal sustained another cardiac arrest and died at age 31. At the time of his death, he was engaged to New Zealander and world-class triathlete Andrea Hewitt.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2008 Summer Olympics Triathlon FRA Laurent Vidal
Olympic Distance, Men (Olympic) 36
2012 Summer Olympics Triathlon FRA Laurent Vidal
Olympic Distance, Men (Olympic) 5