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FranceFrance, FRA
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 June 1990
169 cm
Nice, FRA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming when she was a baby. At age 12 she was selected to represent her school.
Club / Team
CN Sarreguemines: France
Name of coach
Fabrice Pellerin [personal], FRA, from 2019
Training Regime
She trains a the French training hub in Nice, France.

General Interest

Cooking, gliding, extreme sports, listening to music. (Facebook page, 18 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams." (, 15 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named 2015 and 2017 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine. (, 02 Nov 2017, 15 Oct 2018)

She was named the European Swimming League [LEN] Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2015 and 2017. (, 22 Jan 2018, 07 Jan 2016)
She became the first French open water swimmer to win a world title when she claimed gold in the 10km open water event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (, 28 Jul 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018)
Other information
In 2019 she missed her qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 10km event by a 10th of a second, finishing 11th at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. After a long reflection she opted to relocate to Nice, France, and began training alongside French coach Fabrice Pellerin. Her new goal was to compete in Tokyo in the 1500m freestyle.
(, 14 Jul 2019, 17 Jul 2019, 09 Oct 2019)

She was disqualified from the 10km open water race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after judges ruled that she had pushed Italian swimmer Rachele Bruni's arm down to stop her touching the board at the end. "What happened in Rio is now part of me, of my story, whether I like it or not. I'll have to live with that. I cannot say if it hurts me, but as soon as I see a Rio medallist, a report, it stirs me. As soon as I see Brazil on a sign or on products, I turn my head." (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018;, 29 Dec 2016; ONS, 15 Aug 2016)

After the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, she decided to focus on her dietetics studies in Montpellier, France. She continued training, but only one session per day. She returned to full-time training in September 2018. (, 13 Jul 2019;, 18 Nov 2018)

She has the phrase 'chase your dreams' tattooed on her right foot. (, 15 Nov 2015)

She has a diploma in both sports education and professional athlete career management. (, 15 Apr 2018)