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Florent
Manaudou
FranceFrance, FRA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 November 1990
Height
199 cm
Family
Partner Pernille Blume
Residence
Marseille, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English, French

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three under the guidance of his older brother Nicolas, at the Amberieu-en-Bugey club in France. He won his first medals in competition at age seven.
Why this sport?
He comes from a sporting family. His father played handball and his mother played badminton, and he also played handball until age 15. He decided to fully focus on swimming after being inspired by his sister Laure winning an Olympic gold medal in 2012.
Club / Team
Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille [FRA] / Energy Standard [TUR]:
Name of coach
Julien Jacquier [CN Marseille]; James Gibson [Energy Standard], GBR
Training Regime
He divides his time between training with the Energy Standard team in Antalya, Turkey, and at the Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille club in France.

General Interest

Nicknames
Flo (Instagram profile, 10 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Playing guitar. (leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019)
Injuries
He sustained a fracture in his left little finger in December 2018. The injury prevented him from returning to training until April 2019. (lequipe.fr, 09 Apr 2019; sport24.lefigaro.fr, 19 Mar 2019)

A wrist injury forced him to miss the 2015 World Military Games in Mungyeong, Republic of Korea. (swimswam.com, 07 Oct 2015)

A shoulder injury sustained at the French national championships in 2013 prevented him from competing at that year's European short course championships in Herning, Denmark. (swimswam.com, 20 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In swimming, I train to be the best in the world. To reach an Olympic final, to feel the stress and to hate defeat." (sport24.lefigaro.fr, 05 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the Medal of the City of Porto-Vecchio in Corsica, France. (journal-lepetitcorse.fr, 22 Aug 2020)

He was named French Athlete of the Year in 2015 by French media outlets RMC, BFMTV, Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui, L'Equipe and the sports network Eurosport. (lexpress.fr, 24 Dec 2015; fr.news.yahoo.com, 10 Dec 2015; eurosport.fr, 30 Dec 2015)

He received the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year award from the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (swimswam.com, 05 Feb 2015)

He was named 2014 European Male Swimmer of the Year by the website SwimSwam in its Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 26 Dec 2014)

He was awarded the French Legion of Honour medal in 2013. (huffingtonpost.fr, 01 Jun 2013)
Other sports
He played handball in the reserve team of the PAUC club in Aix-en-Provence, France, in the second tier of the French league system. (leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019; tokyo2020.org, 02 Apr 2020)
Famous relatives
His older sister Laure Manaudou competed in swimming for France and won three medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. His father Jean-Luc played in the fifth tier of the French handball championship. His partner Pernille Blume has represented Denmark in swimming, and won gold in the 50m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rtl.fr, 01 Jan 2011; leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019; lequipe.fr, 24 Mar 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lequipe.fr, 19 Mar 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
In 2019 he decided to return to competitive swimming after almost three years out of the sport. He had taken time away from swimming to play handball with the PAUC club in Aix-en-Provence, France. "I thought about it for a long time. I wanted to return to [swimming] because it was something that I missed day after day. I enjoyed doing things that I had always wanted to do, but now I jump into a new challenge, to return to competition." He got in touch with his former coach, James Gibson, and began training with him in Antalya, Turkey. He returned to competition in June 2019 in Rome, Italy. "There are no balls, no goals. But I am having more fun than in my previous spell swimming." (lequipe.fr, 19 Mar 2019; sport.francetvinfo.fr, 20 Mar 2019; boursorama.com, 19 Mar 2019; leparisien.fr, 04 Dec 2019; tokyo2020.org, 02 Apr 2020)

CHANGE IN PHYSIQUE
He says his physique changed after playing handball while he was away from swimming. "After I came back, people told me I was more imposing. I now have stronger legs so I can push more on the block and on the wall, but I have lost elasticity. That balances things. I don't believe I am stronger, but I can generate more power from my upper body. Because I have less elasticity, I find my back a little stiff. If I can keep the strength while adding a little bit of elasticity, that would be really cool. I think I can swim faster than before. Underwater I am less strong but I swim faster." (leparisien.fr, 04 Dec 2019; midilibre.fr, 10 Dec 2019)

SWIMMING SIBLINGS
He and his sister Laure became the first siblings to both win Olympic gold medals in swimming, when he was victorious in the 50m freestyle at the 2012 Games in London. Laure won gold in the 400m freestyle at the 2004 Games in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Oct 2016; bcn2013.com, 04 Jun 2013; swimswam.com, 01 Jun 2013)

BUSINESS OWNER
In 2016 he opened a restaurant called La Piscine [The Swimming Pool] in Marseille, France. (lci.fr, 02 May 2017; le-grand-pastis.com, 07 Jul 2016; leparisien.fr, 19 Mar 2019)