ÖTILLÖ is more than a race, it’s a life experience you won’t forget ; it will help you to push your mind to find solutions in any situation of your everyday life, because when you are crossing the finish line, you cannot be prouder about all you have done.
-Who are you?
I’m a 27 year old sports passionate, former swimmer, living in Montpellier. I am working as a salesman for the french brand Le Coq Sportif. I’m sharing my life between my work, my training and my girlfriend and family.
-How did you get into Swimrun?
I’ve been doing swimrun for 2 years now thanks’ to my big brother: Nicolas. After several years of high-level swimming, I had a little sports burnout and my brother brought me back to sports with the project of doing an Ironman. On our way, he proposed that we participate in ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar and then we fell in love with swimrun. We both completely changed our goals and forgot the Ironman project in order to only focus on swimrun and crossing the Ötillö Swimrun World Championship finish line together ; something that we did last year !
-What do you like most about Swimrun?
The part I appreciate the most in swimrun is the team spirit: the one you’ve got with your partner but also the one you can feel with all the athletes behind the start line. I’m not sure you can feel it in any other sport in the same way.
-How does Swimrun make you a better person in your everyday life?
Swimrun permits me to share more and to be more open-minded. As a former swimmer, I was mostly concentrated around me, now I find that I am more thinking as a team and not only at my personal goals. I try to find solutions to progress as a team, taking advantage of everyone strengths, which is beneficial in swimrun as in everyday life!
-If you could choose anyone you want as a partner (nobody you raced with before) for an ÖTILLÖ race, who would it be?
After doing Ötillö, The Swimrun World Championship with my brother last year, one of my dreams is to cross this finish line with my mother. She is a“La diagonale des fous” (Île de la Réunion) finisher, she did it in 1998. It’s one of the most difficult trail running races in the world and I’m so respectful that she has done it. I would love to bring her to the original Ötillo and make her live this dream race.
-What is your favorite meal the night before a race?
I don’t have a specific meal the night before a race, I’m used to eating pasta or rice but I always eat chocolate before going to bed.
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