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Béryl
Gastaldello
FranceFrance, FRA
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 February 1995
Height
178 cm
Weight
66 kg
Residence
College Station, TX, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Italian
Higher education
Business - 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 [FRA] : France

General Interest

Hobbies
Cooking, playing sports, going out with friends. (12thman.com, 19 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (12thman.com, 19 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She was diagnosed with glandular fever 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
While swimming for Texas A&M, she was named the 2015 Southeastern Conference Female Freshman of the Year. (12thman.com, 14 Apr 2015)
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
BATTLING WITH DEPRESSION
She was affected by depression and anxiety in late 2017 and early 2018. "I was at the bottom. During the Christmas break in the United States [of America], we are forced to continue training because of the NCAA [National Collegiate Athletic Association] Championships in March. It's very intensive, it never stops. We can go for a week to visit our family, but I couldn't because it's too short [of a break to travel to France]." She says that was when she started coughing and later on to have difficulties in breathing. "I went too deep," she reflected. She was unable to swim for two and a half months because of persistent panic attacks. After a short stint in France, she returned to the United States to compete at the NCAA Championships. "I just did it for the team. After that, I stopped again." She returned to the pool just one week before the 2018 French National Championships in Saint Raphael. "Being here [in France] is already something for me. Things are getting little by little back in order. The fact of being alive is just wonderful." (rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 23 May 2018)

STUDYING ABROAD
In 2014 she moved to the United States of America to compete and study at Texas A&M University. "I never visited or anything. I knew nothing about the team or anything, I just followed my instinct." (thebatt.com, 26 Sep 2016)