France have not won an international medal in this discipline since q, as the championship starts on Thursday.In 2015, he won the world title from Aix-en-Provence.
The last time French Artistic Swimming finished the international championship with a medal, Laure Manadou won the pool under the watchful eye of Philippe Lucas. 2007 World Championships held in Melbourne, Australia. Virginie Dedieu declined after proposing himself the last of his three solo world titles.
Fifteen years later, France has not won a medal in this field. But as a new generation has to mature for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the European Championships, which begin on Thursday 11 August, will be a test run where the tricolor can finally regain its new charm. franceinfo: sport finds out why Virginie Dedieu had to wait so long.
Franceinfo: Sports: Can we expect France to regain a medal from Rome in artistic swimming this year?
Virginia DeDew: It’s more open without Russians, so there’s clearly an opportunity. We are coming out of Worlds where the French women made a good impression and finished at the foot of the podium. Solo, Oriane Jaillardon has a domineering program. She didn’t shine in Budapest (9th), but she has the means to finish on the podium.Finally, Solo, Eve Planix This is your chance to win a medal.
How would you explain such rarity?
After retirement [Virginie Dedieu a arrêté une première fois en 2005 avant de revenir en 2007, puis elle a repris lors des Mondiaux de Kazan en 2015, une dernière fois, pour le duo mixte], Many girls quit. It takes a long time to rise, but it falls very quickly.
The problem with synchronized swimming is that teams get stronger the longer they work together. However, in France this is not the case. We are not professional athletes. Research is being conducted in parallel. S.Back then we were training 7-8 hours a day, now we train 5-6+ hours a day. This is detrimental to the swimmer’s results. moreover, After school, I quit artistic swimming because I could not work full time and train at a high level at the same time.
why Are the medium and long term so important in this area?
It takes months to create a choreography. It will take him at least a year to become fully established. All this time you have to get your team together to prepare and refine your set. And in order to succeed at the world level, it is necessary to raise the difficulty level year by year. It takes years for a team that can claim something at the Olympic level.
“The Spaniards became Olympic medalists for the first time in Beijing in 2008. In 2004 they were finalists and in Sydney 2000 they missed the preliminaries. It was the same team that remained from start to finish. It took them three Olympics to become medalists together. That’s how long it takes to get there.Virginie Dedieu, three-time world champion in artistic swimming
But with Paris 2024 in sight, real momentum is emerging. French swimmers know that there is a deadline for this, so they will extend their studies. However, global synchronization is tighter now. There are countries that “didn’t exist” before and those that do now. Greece and Ukraine are among them.
Do swimmers benefit from assistive devices?
Today they don’t have the means to participate in every competition, so they have to choose. Aid is scarce within the French federation, but it is also at the level of the National Sport Agency, which holds the purse strings. In Italy, swimmers are in the navy and are therefore paid to practice the sport. I feel like there will be no assists until there is a medal chance. But it’s a vicious circle. You can’t get there without nothing.
Can the 2024 Paris Olympics generate momentum?
Without help, I am pessimistic about the future. I can speak because I’m the chairman of the Paydex swimming club. Higher levels are taught in clubs. However, they will struggle to retain coaches as they are poorly paid and few in number. You have to inspire them. The same is true for swimmers. you have to be able to pay them.
At the sponsor level, it’s not good. I was the only Frenchman to receive patronage for a long time. It allowed me to pay for my research. I had 4,600 euros a year.Being a triple world champion. It was outrageous compared to other swimmers who were only finalists.
The attraction of these European Championships is also the first men’s solo event…
yes, world series [la Coupe du monde qui se déroule toute l’année sur dix étapes], started last year. But this is the first ever international championship.Quentin Rakoto Malala, A person from my home in Aix-en-Provence will join us. he has every chance.
How would you explain the lack of male competition before?
The first is a rather feminine discipline. But while there were always boys in France, they were in the women’s section. However, men were not allowed to participate in the international championships. The first time was in 2015 when we introduced a mix duo. I would appreciate it if you could help me create a job.