What most people don't know about me
That i'm an engineer.
When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport?
I started climbing at the age of 10 thanks to my mother and elder brother who started as well. I have to admit my beginnings were tough, i wasn't that gifted but i hung on. I slowly discovered the world of competing and started to win local events. Something clicked and I'm now an addict! More than a simple sport, it's a way of life and a mentality I love.
Who was your childhood hero and do you consider yourself a role model now? Does it influence you at all that other people look up to you?
I don't remember having a childhood hero. I admired many climbers though!
I wouldn't consider myself as a role model.
What were the most important milestones in your life so far, both in climbing and in everyday life? Did you immediately recognize them as such or only later on?
I remember one specific climbing comp, I was 12 I think. Reaching the finals would mean I would be able to compete at Nationals, but I wasn't that much into competing at that time so I didn't really think about it. But I ended at the 9th place, one place away from the finals. I thought I wouldn't care but I was so disappointed! I realize now that's the day I decided I wanted to train and be stronger.
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
I've had many injuries, especially when I was competing. It's been tough for me because I could see everyone making progress whereas I had to rest and then start again from the beginning. But somehow I always found the motivation to come back, even after big injuries and I'm very proud of that. Now I know with the right recovery and a lot of motivation you can always come back, and usually even stronger than you were.
My greatest failure lead to my greatest achievement in competitions. When I was in juniors I injured my ankle pretty badly (big sprain with torn ligaments and some other things I don't remember), only 3 weeks before the most important comp of the year for me. That comp was my last chance of being selected for a European Youth Cup with the youth French team, which I've been dreaming all the season, without any success. The doctor told me I would have to pass on the comp, there was no way I'd be able to climb. I cried a lot obviously but then decided I would climb on one leg for 3 weeks and see how it goes. I went to take part in the comp anyway, without any pressure because I knew I wasn't in a good shape and I hadn't climbed with both feet for weeks. But turns out I was much stronger, climbing with one foot had made me a better climber somehow. And that's how I made it to the youth French team and competed in the European Youth Cup! Never been prouder. Then I had to stop climbing for almost 8 months because my ankle was doing pretty bad but I never regretted my choice!