Surya Bonaly

World Champion Figure Skater

Surya Bonaly, three-time World Silver medallist and five-time Champion of Europe in figure skating and Champion for Peace.

Nine-time champion of France, five-time champion of Europe, three-time silver medallist in the World Cup, Surya has one of the best track records in French figure skating and she is a master of lyrical movement on ice. She is globally famous for being the only female figure skater in history to do a backflip. In addition to her skating career, she participates in numerous conferences and events aimed at encouraging the sporting presence of non-white people. For instance, she was an ambassador of the French association « La France des talents et des couleurs », which fights racism, violence and discrimination in sport. She is also a strong advocate of the animal cause, which includes appearances in PETA ads. In addition to her many commitments, she was a TEDx speaker in Turin in 2018, when she came back to her background and experience.