The French sports world is reeling after the deaths of three of the country's elite athletes, along with seven others, in the crash of two helicopters that collided while shooting the reality TV show "Dropped" in Argentina's La Rioja province Monday.
Camille Muffat and Alexis Vastine competed in the Olympics, while Florence Arthaud was a world-class sailor. A closer look at their sports careers:
A life dedicated to swimming
Muffat, 25, was a swimmer who won a gold medal and set an Olympic record in the 400-meter freestyle at the
She later briefly held the world record in the 800-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2013 and retired from competitive swimming in December 2014.
"She had dedicated a lot of her life to swimming to become Olympic champion, and her objective since her retirement was to make a success of her [personal] life," her agent, Sophie Kamoun, told the Associated Press. "I spoke to her on the phone two days ago and she told me she'd spent a fabulous week, one of the best of her life."
Vastine, 28, was a boxer who won a bronze medal in the light-welterweight division at the 2008
His sister, Celie, died in a car accident in January, and Vastine reportedly decided to appear on "Dropped" to help him deal with the loss.