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Florent
Manaudou
FranceFrance, FRA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 November 1990
Height
199 cm
Weight
99 kg
Residence
Marseille, FRA
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
English, French

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three in Lyon, France, under the guidance of his older brother Nicolas at the Amberieu-en-Bugey club. He won his first medals in competition at age seven.
Why this sport?
He followed other members of his family into the sport.

General Interest

Nicknames
Flo (Instagram profile, 10 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Music. (lci.fr, 02 May 2017)
Injuries
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 2013 French Championships prevented him from competing at the 2013 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark. (swimswam.com, 20 Oct 2014)
Awards and honours
He was elected French Athlete of the Year in 2015 by media partners RMC, BFMTV and Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui, as well as by sports newspaper L'Equipe and sports network Eurosport. (lexpress.fr, 24 Dec 2015; fr.news.yahoo.com, 10 Dec 2015; eurosport.fr, 30 Dec 2015)

He was named the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (swimswam.com, 05 Feb 2015)

He was named the 2014 European Male Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 26 Dec 2014)

He was awarded the French Legion of Honour medal in 2013. (huffingtonpost.fr, 2013)
Other sports
He has played as a pivot for the reserve team of the Aix-en-Provence handball club in France. (leparisien.fr, 03 Jun 2017)
Famous relatives
His older sister Laure Manaudou competed in swimming for France, winning three medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (rtl.fr, 2011)
Other information
TAKING A BREAK
He retired from swimming after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and began working as a commentator on television. However, in 2017 he revealed he was considering returning to the pool to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "I will be 33, I will still be young. In Rio I was beaten by a guy who was 35 years old, so I think it's possible. If I return one day, I'll probably swim faster that I did before. I need a break from the pool, not six months or a year, but an extended one. I want to play guitar, ride motorcycles, gain my boating licence. Once I have done everything I want to do, then maybe I'll return to the pool." (sports.orange.fr, 24 Jul 2017; ledauphine.com, 24 Jul 2017; lci.fr, 02 May 2017; lexpress.fr, 16 Sep 2017)

BUSINESS OWNER
In 2016 he opened a restaurant called La Piscine in Marseille, France. (lci.fr, 02 May 2017; le-grand-pastis.com, 07 Jul 2016)

SUCCESSFUL SIBLINGS
He and his sister Laure are the first siblings to have won Olympic gold medals in swimming. Florent secured victory in the 50m freestyle at the 2012 Games in London, while Laure claimed gold in the 400m freestyle at the 2004 Games in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Oct 2016; bcn2013.com, 04 Jun 2013)

HANDBALL AMBITIONS
After spending some time playing handball for a lower-league team in France, he committed to trying to go pro. In August 2018 he said he would give himself one year to prove he has what it takes. He will train and play with the PAUC team in Aix-en-Provence, France, to get up to the professional level. He said his aim is to have fun, but being an elite athlete, he wants to take it as far as he can.