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Béryl
Gastaldello
FranceFrance, FRA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 February 1995
Height
178 cm
Weight
66 kg
Family
Partner Zachary
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, Italian
Higher education
Business Management - Texas A&M University: College Station, TX, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age eight, and began training seriously at age 16.
Club / Team
CN Marseille: France

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing the drums, skateboarding. (swimswam.com, 31 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (12thman.com, 19 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She was diagnosed with glandular fever [mononucleosis] four months before the 2012 Olympic Games. (laprovence.com, 05 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"All things come to those who wait." (12thman.com, 19 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Southeastern Conference [SEC] Female Freshman of the Year while competing for Texas A&M University in the United States of America. (12thman.com, 14 Apr 2015; a.espncdn.com, 01 Sep 2018)
Famous relatives
Her mother Veronique Jardin represented France in swimming at the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games. Her grandmother Amelie Mirkowitch and father Eric Gastaldello also competed in swimming. (ffnatation.fr, 27 Jun 2015; laprovence.com, 05 Apr 2015; leparisien.fr, 05 Apr 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thebatt.com, 26 Sep 2016)
Other information
DEPRESSION
At the end of 2017 she suffered a bout of depression with severe anxiety that lasted five months, which resulted in her taking time away from the sport. "I was in such a panic stage in my head that I did not understand what was going on. I could not even concentrate on people. I could not hold a conversation. I went downhill for real and I realised I needed to make some changes." In late-2019 she revealed that she was still dealing with the condition. "It's not over, it takes time unfortunately, but since very recently, it's really much better. It's the first year in two years I've been swimming from start to finish. I still have a lot of obsessions. There are times when I suffer every day, I still cough, I need to take breaths quite often. I wake up in the morning, my stomach is very tense at the level of the diaphragm. Sometimes I'm in control, I can get out of the vicious circle and other times it's complicated, but the scales are tipping more and more towards control. I reduce my medication, I am on the right track I think, I consult a psychiatrist and a psychologist almost every week." (lequipe.fr, 23 May 2018; SwimSwam YouTube channel, 31 Oct 2018; archyde.com, 07 Dec 2019; isl.global, 19 Dec 2019)

TRAINING SWITCH
In 2018 she made some changes in her training regime and focused more on sprinting events while in her last year of collegiate swimming at Texas A&M University in the United States of America. “I didn't really know where I would be time wise since I changed my training [in 2018]. Before, I swam with the girls team at A&M. Their programme tends to be more focused on individual medley and breaststroke. After my five-month break from swimming [in late-2017 and early-2018] I decided to come back and join the guys team. I swim less and I focus more on power and intensity.” (isl.global, 19 Dec 2019)

CONSULTANT
She is a consultant for UniAthletes, a sports talent service that offers guidance to student-athletes and their families as they navigate the process of US college recruitment. (uniathletes.com, 07 Feb 2019)