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Marie-Laure Brunet recounts her incredible burn-out during the Olympics: “My body said stop in the middle of the race”


INTERVIEW – During the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, a brutal discomfort forced the biathlete to end her career.

The former biathlete, double Olympic medalist converted as a coach and mental trainer, provides advice and experience to high-level athletes, as in the corporate world.

LE FIGARO – Tell us about the brutal end of your career …

Marie-Laure BRUNET. – It was at the Games in Sochi, in 2014. Four years earlier, I had won two medals (team silver and individual bronze) and there, in the last race, I was the first torchbearer. I felt that it would be complicated, I told my coaches who said to me: “It’s gonna be alright, don’t worry. ” I said to myself, 6 km, it’s really nothing, I’m going to tighten the screw, that’s what I said when I called on my mind. On this relay, in the second lap, there was a big bump and I collapsed. I understood that my body had said stop, that my mind was no longer ready to compensate. I was evacuated on a stretcher… The doctor wanted to make a statement

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