On December 13, 1997, the pretty Lorraine Sophie Thalmann won the Miss France 1998 beauty contest in front of 15 million viewers. Crowned the most beautiful woman in France, she is gradually becoming known to the general public thanks to her publicized appearances on television. She notably participates in Une famille en or on TF1 as well as Fort Boyard.
At the end of her coronation year, Sophie Thalmann was offered a position as a sports consultant in the magazine Téléfoot on TF1 alongside Thierry Roland. An unprecedented conversion for the Miss who will pave the way for her successors. Over the course of her television career, the pretty brunette has been offered the animation of several programs including Y’a pas photo, Les P’tits Princes or Vacation photos. From 2003 to 2004, she hosted with Pierre Sled (ex-companion of Sophie Davant) the show You can repeat the question? on France 3. More recently, Sophie Thalmann was the joker of Elodie Gossuin by hosting from 2017 to 2019 the program Les Années bonheur on France 2.
From 2004 to 2007, the former Miss France took a 180 degree turn and joined the Equidia family, a channel dedicated to horse racing. A theme that the star knows well since she has been married since 2006 to the Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, winner of ten Cravache d’or. The couple became parents to two children: Charlie and Mika. The latter would suffer from learning difficulties as she had confided to Gala in 2021. “I am not idle with the race for appointments with specialists: my daughter is dyscalculic and my son is dyslexic!”. She has also released many books including My Friends the Horses which has 34 volumes.
Since September 30, 2022, the husband of ex-France has been in turmoil after having caused the fall of a competitor during a race at the Saint-Cloud racecourse (Hauts-de-Seine). In front of Equidia’s cameras, the jockey immediately recognized his mistake. “I wanted to apologize to all the people who love racing, sports,” he said. But his apologies were not enough to save him the 60-day suspension by France Galop. According to the Jour de Galop media, the Races and Games police are considering heavier penalties for the Belgian jockey. His suspension could be extended and his license could be taken away, which would no longer give him the right to get back on a horse.
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