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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 May 1990
170 cm
Paris, FRA
Athlete, Television Production
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.
Training Regime
He trains at the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.

General Interest

Making videos. (, 15 Sep 2017;, 26 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold 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)
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 team event at the 2017 edition in Budapest, Hungary. (, 17 Nov 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Nov 2018)
To compete in the high diving world series. (, 13 Sep 2019)
Other information
After winning gold in the mixed team event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, he put competitive diving on stand-by to focus on his cinematography studies. In 2019 he decided to return as he felt he missed the competition of diving, this time focusing on high diving. "I felt at that moment that I wanted to stop. I couldn't do more and it was unbelievable to finish on a high note. When I realised I was about to finish my cinema studies I didn't know how to be back on track. After one year out of competition I returned to the platform with the ambition of competing in high diving. During summer [2019] I trained outdoors, could have access to the Walibi Park [in France] to do some training [on high platform]. I also went on to train in Plymouth [England] for some training camps with my former coach Alexandre Rochas. And then I could return to the INSEP [National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance in Paris, France] as a training partner. 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 pounding in your daily life." (, 28 Nov 2019)

He made his first high dive in 2019 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 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 might return. I step on the platform, without thinking. I just watched my brother down in the bottom waiting for his signal. Then I jumped, it was long! I didn't realise before, but you really have time to think about the impact with the water, and to remember all your life! Finally I entered into 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!" (, 28 Nov 2019)

Besides his studies as a swimming coach at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP], he also studied landscape architecture at Du Breuil School in Paris, France, and cinematography studies at the Superior School of Cinematographic Studies [ESEC]. He has worked as a production assistant on TV series. (CNEWS-Lyon, 11 Jun 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2019)

A diving pool in Vaugneray, France, was named after him in 2018. (, 02 May 2018)