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THIBUS Ysaora

foil
Rank5
Pts139.00
Age27
HandR

Personal Information

Family Partner Race Imboden

Residence Los Angeles, CA, USA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, French

Higher education Economics - University Pantheon-Sorbonne: Paris, FRA

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup2-68
Cancun (MEXICO), 2015-10-16Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-02-08
Alger (ALGERIA), 2017-01-13St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2013-03-01
Shanghai (CHINA), 2014-05-02
Gdansk (POLAND), 2015-01-16
St-Maur (FRANCE), 2019-01-25
Tauberbischofsheim (GERMANY), 2019-05-03
World Championship-112
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-20Leipzig (GERMANY), 2017-07-19
Zone Championships--22
Zagreb (CROATIA), 2013-06-16
Tbilisi (GEORGIA), 2017-06-13
Grand Prix--33
La Havane (CUBA), 2015-03-13
Shanghai (CHINA), 2016-06-03
Shanghai (CHINA), 2017-05-19

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age seven in Guadeloupe. She moved to France to join the Pole Espoir training centre in Aix-en-Provence at age 17.

Why this sport? "My mother took my brother and me to discover fencing. At the time, I was doing classical dance. I was truly a little princess. Initially, this introduction to the sport was intended more for my brother. It turned out I liked it straight away, and I quickly got a taste for competition. It became an addiction. Making a hit, defeating my opponent, I was no longer a ballerina but a fighter."

Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA; Sergei Golubitsky [personal], UKR, from 2017

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hero / Idol French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic. (franceantilles.fr, 25 Jun 2013)

Injuries She injured her hamstring during the 2015 Montreaux Masters in Switzerland. (lequipe.fr, 08 Jun 2015)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard and dream big." (Twitter profile, 28 Mar 2016)

Awards and honours In 2013 she was presented with the Bernard Destremau Award by the Institute of France. The honour was in recognition of the way she had balanced her studies alongside her career as an elite athlete. (escpeurope.eu, 21 Nov 2013)

Famous relatives Her partner Race Imboden has represented the United States of America in fencing, and won gold in both individual and team foil at the 2018 Pan American Championships in Havana, Cuba. (instyle.com, 16 Jan 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2018)

Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lci.fr, 27 Apr 2018)

Other information MOVING TO THE US
In August 2017 she relocated to Los Angeles, CA, United States of America, to work under the guidance of Ukrainian fencer, Sergei Golubitsky. "It was a life choice. I train daily at the club with Golubitsky. It was a chance to be able to discover his fencing vision, to learn from him and to follow this adventure. It is quite different to what I knew in France. The INSEP [National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance] is a big machine. We [national team members] have everything at our disposal. We have the support of the federation, coaches and medical staff. But now I train at a club, surrounded by young people. It is not a high performance structure but I could put everything in place, with the help of my coaches in France and the federation, to build my own team and make it more professional. It grows step by step." (lci.fr, 27 Apr 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2016 she completed a master's degree in management at the ESCP Europe campus in Paris, France. (LinkedIn profile, 2016; republicain-lorrain.fr, 08 Jun 2017)

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