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Only one Olympic gold medal­list has ever started the Le Mans 24 Hours. French­man Henri Oreiller won two gold medals for men’s down­hill ski­ing dur­ing the 1948 Win­ter Olympics and started the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours in a fac­tory Abarth-simca 1300 Bial­bero. A to­tal of eight Olympic ath­letes have raced at Le Mans, but Hoy will be the first Sum­mer Olympic gold medal­list to start the en­durance clas­sic.

Oreiller raced in the 1962 LM24

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