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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 May 1990
170 cm
Paris, FRA
Athlete, Student, 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.

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)
Awards and honours
A diving pool in Vaugneray, France, was named after him in 2018. (, 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 team event at the 2017 edition in Budapest, Hungary. (, 17 Nov 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Nov 2018)
Other information
In 2017 he put competitive diving on stand-by to focus on his cinematography studies. In 2019 he decided to return as he felt he missed competition, this time focusing on high diving. "I found myself in a different life direction. At the beginning I felt free of doing whatever I want, but later I began having unpleasant feelings. Watching and supporting my former teammates in front of the screen was so difficult because I just wanted to be with them. I tried to focus on other objectives but nothing was like the adrenaline of competition. I looked for the support of the person who I felt was the closest to me and when she said I was not anymore the athlete I used to be, that was something complicated to hear. I took up sporting activity again, but with no goals. My career has been so complete and I have no regrets, but I missed it so much. I want to return into the game, with new objectives, just for the pleasure, as with cliff diving. And why not returning to Olympic diving?" (Instagram profile, 18 Jul 2019; CNEWS-Lyon, 11 Jun 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 in TV series. (CNEWS-Lyon, 11 Jun 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2019)