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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 May 1990
170 cm
Champigny-sur-Marne, FRA
Higher education
Sport Studies - National Institute of Sport and Physical Education [INSEP]: Paris, FRA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving in 1997 at the Lyon Plongeon Club in France.
Why this sport?
His parents enrolled him in several sports clubs when he was a child, including athletics and judo. However, when he tried doing flips into a swimming pool during a summer holiday he knew he wanted to pursue diving.
Name of coach
Hui Tong [national], CHN
Training Regime
He trains at the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.

General Interest

Watching television, playing video games. (, 05 Jun 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the mixed team event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 17 Nov 2017)
He suffered fractures to both of his heels in a trampolining accident during training two days before the 2008 European Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus. (, 13 Jul 2011)

He has been affected by chronic pain on his back and wrist during his career. (, 05 Jun 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Diving is a discipline that gives you lots of sensations and so much adrenaline. When you stop, you have the feeling that everything else is dull. It's difficult to find something as exciting in your daily life." (, 28 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 a diving pool was named after him in Vaugneray, France. (, 02 May 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in gymnastics at national age group level in France. (, 13 Jul 2011)
He and Laura Marino became the first French divers to win a gold medal at the world championships when they placed first in the mixed team event at the 2017 edition in Budapest, Hungary. (, 17 Nov 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Nov 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 05 Jun 2020)
Other information
After winning gold in the mixed team event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, he put competitive diving on hold to focus on his cinematography studies. He returned to the sport two years later, and in 2019 he made his first high dive near Saint-Jean-de-Fos, France. "There's the 'Pont du Diable' [Devil's Bridge] that is over 19m and the 'Pont Neuf' [New Bridge] just behind, at 27m. I was under pressure. I was sick, had a fever, but couldn't postpone it. Some policemen came and tried us to stop diving. They finally left, but I had to do it quickly in case they returned. I stepped onto the platform, without thinking. I just watched my brother at the bottom, waiting for his signal. Then I jumped, it was high! I didn't realise before, but you really have time to think about the impact with the water, and to remember your whole life! Finally I entered the water without a problem. It was crazy, I didn't even feel the impact. Actually, when I dove from 3m, I loved to do the most number of twists and rotations in a little amount of time. At 27m you fly so much more. You have more time and the feeling of flying is just crazy!" (, 05 Jun 2020;, 28 Nov 2019)

He has studied landscape architecture at Du Breuil School in Paris, France, and taken a course in cinematography at the Superior School of Cinematographic Studies [ESEC]. (CNEWS-Lyon, 11 Jun 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2019)