The Musée Grévin is delighted to announce the official entry of the 2023 World Skateboarding Champion, Aurélien Giraud, into its prestigious galleries on February 22. This news marks a milestone in the museum's history, honoring for the first time a representative of the urban discipline of skateboarding.
Aurélien Giraud, born in Lyon on February 3, 1998, began skateboarding at the age of 5. His precocious passion for the sport led him to win his first national competition, the V7 teenage tour, at just 7 years of age. Since then, he has dazzled the national and international scene, racking up victories and demonstrating his exceptional talent.
Skateboarding is much more than a sport for Aurélien, it's a true passion that has led him to spend countless hours at the Gerland skate-park in Lyon. At the age of 17, he won the prestigious Tampa Am in Florida, marking the start of a highly successful career. His victories at the French Championships in Biarritz in 2019 and Hyères in 2022 solidified his place among the world's skateboarding greats.
In February 2023, Aurélien Giraud added another line to his impressive record of achievements by becoming world street skateboard champion in the United Arab Emirates, aged just 25. His participation in the Skate 2024 Olympic Games in Paris is raising high hopes, with the ambitious goal of winning the gold medal.
Talented sculptor Stéphane Barret has captured Aurélien Giraud's energy and personality in a wax sculpture, which will be unveiled to the public on February 23. The creation process took six months of painstaking work, from the initial posing sessions to final details such as hairstyle and facial make-up.
Aurélien Giraud will join other great sports figures immortalized at the Musée Grévin, such as Camille Lacourt, Teddy Riner and Clarisse Agbegnenou. Her dynamic persona will bring a new dimension to the immersive experience the museum offers its visitors.
In parallel with this celebration, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) 2024 Paris, the world's first professional street skateboarding competition, will take over France on February 24 at the Adidas Arena Paris, Porte de la Chapelle. The competition will serve as a final rehearsal for Aurélien Giraud and other French athletes before the Olympic Games.
The Musée Grévin, founded in 1882 on the Grands Boulevards in Paris, attracts over 900,000 visitors of all ages every year. Constantly evolving, the museum offers an entertaining experience with recent additions such as Denis Brogniart, Antoine Griezmann, Dwayne Johnson and many others. The Grévin continues to reinvent itself with initiatives such as NUIT AU MUSEE, classic concerts and interactive experiences to maintain its status as the place to be for Parisian culture and leisure.
By paying tribute to Aurélien Giraud, the Musée Grévin celebrates not only a skateboarding champion, but also the diversity of sporting disciplines that continue to enrich its history. The new wax sculpture will be accessible to the public from February 23, promising an immersive and captivating experience for all visitors.
(Source : press release)