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Aurélie
Muller
FranceFrance, FRA
Female
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 June 1990
Height
169 cm
Weight
57 kg
Residence
Montpellier, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
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

General Interest

Hobbies
Cooking, gliding, extreme sports, listening to music. (Facebook page, 30 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams." (dailynews.openwaterswimming.com, 15 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named 2017 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 02 Nov 2017)

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)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lequipe.fr, 10 Oct 2017)
Other information
STUDY BREAK
She reduced her training schedule to one session per day during the 2017/18 season in order to focus on her nutrition studies. "My performance has diminished but I was prepared for that. Anyway, in France you cannot do both [studying and being a high performance athlete], at least at 100%. Now it is 50% and 50%, which is very frustrating. But it was my choice. Next year [2018/19] I will be 100% on my sporting career, it will be my only chance to qualify for Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games]." (republicain-lorrain.fr, 03 Jun 2018; womensports.fr, 15 Apr 2018)

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)

NATIONAL FIRST
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)

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)

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