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Aurélie
Muller
FranceFrance, FRA
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 June 1990
Height
169 cm
Residence
Montpellier, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French

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
Phillipe Lucas [personal], FRA, from 2015
Training Regime
She swims 80km per week. She trains up to six hours per day in two sessions.

General Interest

Hobbies
Cooking, gliding, extreme sports, listening to music. (Facebook page, 18 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams." (dailynews.openwaterswimming.com, 15 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named 2015 and 2017 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 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. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018, 07 Jan 2016)
Milestones
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. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 28 Jul 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018)
Other information
OLYMPIC DISAPPOINTMENT
In 2019 she missed her qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after finishing just one one-hundredth of a second short in the 10km event at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. "The question is, are the Olympic Games cursed for me? Are they not made for me?" She had previously said she would quit the sport if she were to be left out of the Games. Three days later she won the silver medal of the 5km event. "I thought it might have been the last race of my career. If that was the case I wanted to finish it in a positive way. I had doubts. I didn't know if I could do it. I gave my everything and I am proud of myself. If I decide to continue, I might be counted on." (lequipe.fr, 14 Jul 2019, 17 Jul 2019)

RIO DISQUALIFICATION
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; leparisien.fr, 29 Dec 2016; ONS, 15 Aug 2016)

STUDY BREAK
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. (lemonde.fr, 13 Jul 2019; 20minutes.fr, 18 Nov 2018)

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

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