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Fabien
Gilot
FranceFrance, FRA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
27 April 1984
Height
192 cm
Weight
87 kg
Residence
Marseille, FRA
Occupation
Journalist, Motivational Speaker
Languages
French

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried swimming as a boy but originally focused on water polo. In 2000 he joined the Rouen Vikings swimming club in France and began to get a taste for elite sports training.
Why this sport?
He says that growing up in a "difficult" area of Denain in northern France meant he sought out sport to avoid going down the wrong path.

International Debut

Year
2003
Competing for
France

General Interest

Injuries
He underwent surgery on his shoulder and appendix after the 2012 Olympic Games. (lequipe.fr, 16 Mar 2013)

In 2011 he had treatment to strengthen muscle tissue that was damaged while he was on holiday in 2010. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 14 Aug 2011)

He injured his back in early October 2010 but was able to race again just a few weeks later. (sport.fr, 16 Oct 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from swimming at the end of 2016. (lci.fr, 05 Dec 2016)

INKED INSPIRATION
He got a tattoo on the inside of his left biceps in Hebrew that reads, 'I am nothing without them' to honour Max Goldschmidt, a Jewish man who had acted as a grandfather to him. He raised his arm to showcase the tattoo after helping the French team win the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In September 2016 an art exhibition in Douchy-les-Mines, France, displaying photographs of him was also called 'I am nothing without them'. (lavoixdunord.fr, 22 Sep 2016; huffingtonpost.com, 02 Aug 2012)