Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete, Office Worker
Languages English, French
Higher education Business Administration - NEOMA Business School: France
License number 12041997006
|Heidenheim (GERMANY), 2022-05-12||Sochi (RUSSIA), 2022-02-11||Berne (SWITZERLAND), 2021-11-19|
|Tokyo (JAPAN), 2021-07-25|
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age 12 while his family was living in New York City, NY, United States of America.
Why this sport? He was introduced to the sport while looking after his cousin, who was involved in the sport. "I started fencing by chance. I had tried a multitude of sports without really sticking to any. I was babysitting for my cousin, and instead of sitting and watching [my cousin] from the side like the parents do, I wanted to give it a try."
Club / Team VGA Escrime Saint-Maur: France
Name of coach Hugues Obry [national], FRA; Gauthier Grumier [national], FRA
Training Regime He trains four hours daily in two sessions at the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.
Nicknames Pano (20minutes.fr, 15 Nov 2021)
Hobbies Spending time in nature, climbing. (Instagram profile, 03 Mar 2022; olympics.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the individual epee at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (20minutes.fr, 15 Nov 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The Olympic Games is the holy grail, but I have lots of other titles I want to win." (lequipe.fr, 20 Jan 2022)
Awards and honours After winning gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he was named 2021 Fencer of the Year by the French Fencing Federation [FFF], and was made a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the president of France. (lequipe.fr, 20 Jan 2022; vga-fr.org, 09 Dec 2021)
Milestones At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo he became the youngest ever French fencer to win an individual epee Olympic gold medal, when he won the event at age 24 years and 104 days in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Mar 2021)
Ambitions To become European and world champion, and to win two gold medals at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (20minutes.fr, 15 Nov 2021)
Other information WORLD NO.47 TO OLYMPIC CHAMPION
A month before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo he was selected for the French Olympic team as a replacement for teammate Daniel Jerent in individual epee, having initially been chosen as a reserve for the team event. His individual epee world ranking was 47 at the time of the Games, where he won gold in the event. He says his life has been a whirlwind since the unexpected triumph. "My head is still in the clouds a bit in the sense that it comes and goes. The daily routine makes you put your feet back on the ground which is fortunate. But I go back to training like everyone else, everyone treats me the same way as before. You cannot relax because you have won a title. Now you have a target on your back. It's a double-edged sword - you scare some people but others want to fight you even more because you're an Olympic champion. I want to achieve even more. World champion, European champion, being ranked world number one, these are things I have not yet achieved and I'd like to add them to my achievements." (ouest-france.fr, 16 Jan 2022; 20minutes.fr, 15 Nov 2021; lequipe.fr, 17 Nov 2021)
Born in France, he moved with his family to Brazil where he went to primary school and later spent six years in New York City, NY, United States of America. In 2016, he left his studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, United States of America to return to France with the aim of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympics.com, 25 Jul 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2022)
In January 2022 he began working for energy company EDF under an elite athlete contract that allows him to compete in fencing alongside a professional career in a management role for the company. "This allows me to combine sport and work with a part-time contract, working two days a week at the company and the rest working remotely. In our sport in general, we don't earn a living, that's why I'm going to work at EDF." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2022; lequipe.fr, 20 Jan 2022)
He has studied for a master's degree in auditing and management at the SKEMA Business School in France. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2020)
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