Personal Information

Residence Boulogne-Billancourt, FRA

Occupation Athlete, Author, Engineer

Languages English, French

Higher education Engineering - EPF Engineering School: Sceaux, FRA

World Cup2147
Shanghai (CHINA), 2012-05-04New York (USA), 2010-06-19Shanghai (CHINA), 2011-05-06
Gdansk (POLAND), 2015-01-16St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2012-06-03
Turin (ITALY), 2013-03-22
Gdansk (POLAND), 2017-02-03
Grand Prix-224
Gdansk (POLAND), 2013-02-01Marseille (FRANCE), 2012-04-28
Séoul (KOREA), 2013-04-27Séoul (KOREA), 2012-05-19

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age five at the Sports Union Le Vesinet [USV] in France. Her first coach Gerard Rousseau, who passed away in 2009, trained her for over 20 years.

Why this sport? "My mother and I would accompany my brother Brice to training at Le Vesinet. As a small child I liked to touch everything, so I would play with the foils and one day an instructor asked me if I wanted to train too. I chose foil simply because that was all that was offered at the club. At about age eight I discovered the emotion of winning. All these years later, it's that same feeling that still drives me."

Club / Team Melun Val de Seine [CMVS]: France

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Sport, politics, cooking, travel, fishing. (Facebook profile, 22 May 2018)

Most influential person in career Her first coach Gerard Rousseau. (escrime-ffe.fr, 14 May 2011)

Injuries After an injury to her right hip in April 2007, she was forced to change her style. "To preserve my front leg and not find myself unable to walk at age 40, I was forced to adopt small feints rather than large ones. Thankfully I was eventually able to turn this source of constraint of movement around, so that today I have a fulfilled, liberated and free experience when fencing." (francetv.fr, 01 Dec 2010)

Awards and honours She was named a Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2017. (La Republique de Seinte-et-Marne pressreader.com, 26 Jun 2017)

Famous relatives Her brother Brice has represented France in fencing. He won gold in team foil at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and individual gold in foil at the 2004 Games in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jun 2015; escrime-ffe.fr, 14 May 2011)

Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportmag.fr, 16 Feb 2018)

Other information ENGINEERING FENCER
She works as an aeronautical and aerospace engineer. She worked for Airbus Defence and Space on design of the Ariane 6 launch vehicle developed by the European Space Agency, before joining ArianeGroup in 2016. "I'm a part-time space engineer in the field of launchers and space vehicles research and development. The reason I became an engineer is because I've been fascinated about space since a very young age. My training as an engineer has helped my analytical skills [in fencing]. I feel like a sort of hybrid because I act intuitively as an athlete but at the same time I analyse things as an engineer, and when the two come together it creates an interesting combination on the fencing piste." (Twitter profile, 12 Jun 2019; Facebook profile, 03 Apr 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2019; sportmag.fr, 16 Feb 2018; crescendo-blog.fr, 15 Jan 2017)

She says that organisation is the key to allowing her to pursue her career in fencing on top of her work as an aeronautical and aerospace engineer. "It's never a question of sacrifice for me. The day I feel like I'm making sacrifices is the day I quit one thing [work or fencing] for the other. The word 'sacrifice' does not exist in my vocabulary. However, it is a question of organisation. A lot of thinking goes into how I'm going to organise and prioritise things. That is what allows me to attain a balance between work and fencing. It's also important for me to take time to recover, to take a deep breath and lower the pressure." (FIE Facebook page, 06 Mar 2019)

In 2017 she released a collection of children's books called, 'Les incroyables rencontres de Jo' [The Amazing Encounters of Jo] to pass on her passion for sport and its values to younger generations. She was inspired to write the novels, whose main character 'Jo' was named after the Olympic Games ['Jeux Olympiques' in French], by her niece. "I wanted to give her a sports book, but as I could not find one I decided to write it myself." (Le Parisien Week-End, 04 May 2018; sportmag.fr, 16 Feb 2018; leparisien.fr, 02 Mar 2017)

She is a member of the Athletes' Commission for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. In 2019 she was appointed vice president of the Athletes' Committee of the French Anti-Doping Agency [AFLD]. (Twitter profile, 12 Jun 2019; leparisien.fr, 12 Apr 2018)


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