Personal Information

Residence Paris, FRA

Occupation Armed Forces Athlete

Languages English, French

Higher education Marketing - EDHEC Business School : Roubaix, FRA

License number 07021996000


World Cup51511
Orléans (FRANCE), 2016-11-18Athènes (GREECE), 2017-02-17Caracas (VENEZUELA), 2015-10-09
Yangzhou (CHINA), 2017-03-24Tunis (TUNISIA), 2017-05-12
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2018-06-01Orléans (FRANCE), 2017-10-27
Sint-Niklaas (BELGIUM), 2019-03-22Athènes (GREECE), 2018-03-16
Orléans (FRANCE), 2019-11-22Salt Lake City (USA), 2019-12-13
Zone Championships-1-1
Düsseldorf (GERMANY), 2019-06-17
Grand Prix--11
Seoul (KOREA), 2019-04-26
Olympic Games--11
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2021-07-26

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age seven at the Sabre au Clair club in Lyon, France. Her potential was soon noticed by the national training hub [Pole Espoir] in Orleans, France, which led to her joining the Cercle d'Escrime Orleanais club and eventually the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.

Why this sport? "I was doing taekwondo and dancing but I didn't enjoy them. A friend of mine then suggested I try fencing. What attracted me at first - and it's kind of funny - was the sort of disguise you get to wear. I was the only girl at the fencing club, and I loved it."

Club / Team Cercle d'Escrime Orleanais: France

Name of coach Jean-Philippe Daurelle [national], FRA

Training Regime She trains at the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France. "I train twice a day - altogether 20 to 25 hours a week. With just the sabre, I think I do between four and six hours per session, plus two to three hours individually with the coach. I also try to do yoga every day, mainly to take care of my body since I don't have the time to do it in general. And every two to three days I do a cardio session and a more muscular session."

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Brunette (piao.fr, 26 Nov 2016)

Hobbies Yoga, spending time with family and friends. (lyon.fr, 07 May 2020; piao.fr, 26 Nov 2016)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning a gold medal in the team sabre event at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. "It was so emotional. We had failed all four of our events individually, and then to be world champions after trying for so long was insane. I laughed and cried, at the same time, for a very long time." (dicodusport.fr, 02 Apr 2021; (le-medias-blog-de-julian.over-blog.com, 27 Feb 2021)

Most influential person in career Her parents. (pianetascherma.com, 24 Jul 2016)

Hero / Idol Russian fencer Sofya Velikaya, US fencer Mariel Zagunis, Ukrainian fencer Olha Kharlan, and French judoka Clarisse Agbegnenou. (sportmag.fr, 30 Oct 2019; all-tigers.com, 21 Sep 2020)

Injuries From July 2020 to January 2021 she struggled with recurrent tendinitis in her adductor [thigh] muscles, which was caused by returning to training too intensively following the end of COVID-19 lockdown in France. (larep.rf, 13 Mar 2021; sport24.lefigaro.fr, 10 Aug 2020)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "I created a routine with my mental trainer to put myself in a kind of bubble and try to put myself into combat mode. Often, we have a ritual in competition where we are invited to go into a waiting room and then out onto the piste with our referee and our opponent. In that room, I do my little mental warm-up routine and a little physical warm-up to wake up my body and my mind." (le-medias-blog-de-julian.over-blog.com, 27 Feb 2021)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Fencing, for me, is a complete sport that requires a variety of skills, reflexes, self-control and respect. I do this sport so much that it almost feels like my sabre is part of my body." (sportmag.fr, 30 Oct 2019)

Famous relatives Her father, Philippe, played football for French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais. (sportmag.fr, 30 Oct 2019)

Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and to be ranked world number one. (dicodusport.fr, 02 Apr 2021)

Speaking in 2021, she said she has grown in maturity since competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she failed to win a medal after being knocked out in the semifinals. "Five years ago, I was the little girl who had just discovered the Olympic Games and I just wanted to have fun on the piste. This year [in 2021] I still want to have fun, but I have become the athlete who wants to win medals. There will be insane pressure and we will have to manage it, but I can't wait to go to Tokyo to change what happened in Rio. I knew I could do it [in Rio] but I wasn't quite there yet. When I get touched now, I don't react like before. I manage my emotions better. I feel like what I have done on the piste since the [2016] Games frightens my rivals more. I have improved technically and tactically a lot." (dicodusport.fr, 02 Apr 2021; larep.fr, 12 Jun 2017)

In 2018 she sought the help of a mental trainer after a recommendation from French national teammate Yannick Borel. Ten months later she won an individual silver medal at the European championships in Dusseldorf, Germany. "When Yannick Borel won [individual epee gold] in Wuxi [2018 World Championships], I went to see him to congratulate him and ask him for his secret. He said to me, 'We all have physicality, but what is often lacking is the mind. Do you work on the mind?' I then found Stephane Limouzin - the same mental coach as Yannick. Now I feel more solid. Before, I was stressed. Now I can focus on what's important." (lequipe.fr, 20 Jul 2019)

At age 15 she left her home in Lyon to join the national training hub [Pole Espoir] in Orleans, France. "I'm an only child so it was a bit hard for my parents at first, and even for me, but in the end it was a very important step, and my parents were proved right in sending me. They called me often and I had also a very attentive trainer. I think it went very well thanks to the boarding school where we were limited by the hours." (lesportaufeminin.fr, 12 Oct 2020)

After the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro she joined France's national Gendarmerie through the 'Army of Champions' initiative for elite athletes. (mobile.interieur.gouv.fr, 26 Aug 2020; sport24.lefigaro.fr, 10 Aug 2020)


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