INTRO
BORN LEADER
SMOOTH TRANSITION
ROMANCING THE THRONE
HEADLINE MAKER
LABOUR OF LOVE
RAINIER'S LEGACY
ACTION MAN
CALL OF DESTINY
YOUNG PRETENDERS
PHOTO GALLERY
ACTION MAN
Albert's achievements as a statesman and philanthropist have both been well-reported, but it is in the field of sport that he has truly excelled. Indeed it isn't only in the political arena he represents his country, having captained the Monaco bobsleigh team three times at the Olympics.

A passion for physical challenge began in his teens when he became his school's best middle-distance runner and also competed on its cross country team. In the years that followed he earned a black belt in judo while playing on the Monaco soccer team for four years. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment, though, came in 1985 and '86 when he participated in the gruelling Paris-Dakar car race, driving thousands of miles through the Sahara Desert.

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