Pictures of the French President, Francois Hollande awarding Sandrine Gruda a medal have gone viral on social media. People claim its photo shop and others say the president was dwarfed by Gruda’s height. There was no thing special about the ceremony except for the pictures.
Sandrine Gruda’s actual height is 6 ft 4 in (1.94 m) + high heels (max 10cm – what was she thinking?!) and Hollande’s 5 ft 7 in (1.73 m).
French media In 2012 mocked the president for allowing himself to look like a “dwarf” alongside the Coldstream Guards – the battalion that won battle honors at Waterloo and then occupied Paris.
Sandrine Gruda was born on Thursday 25th June 1987 to father Ulysse Gruda a former player for the French men’s national basketball team. She grew up on Martinique a rugged Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles and an overseas region of France.
Gruda is a French professional basketball player who currently plays the center position for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian Super league. She played the center position the French Olympic team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She played with the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA from to 2008 to 2010.
Before joining the WNBA, Gruda played professionally for the French club Union Sportive Valenciennes Olympic. Its in 2002 & 2005 that she began playing on senior level and professionally respectively. In 2006 she was voted the best European young women’s player of the year .
Gruda is the starting center for the French national team, and led her team to the EuroBasket 2009 title. She was the best scorer and rebounder of the French side, and was voted to the all-tournament team. She also took part in the World Championship 2006 and the EuroBasket 2007, reaching the quarter-finals both times.