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For Franny

May is a wonderful month for triathletes, the season finally started, this is my second year as captain of Tri Achilles. It’s been a busy winter and I’m excited for the future! The team is growing, we recruited more coaches, we have many new athletes and incredible stories to tell. Francesco, one of our young […]

Would you marry a blind person ?

As a child I would often ask myself if my future wife would be blind. I didn’t want to marry a blind person. I would justify it by thinking to myself that it would be too inconvenient, that she would have to be able to drive, to help me with certain tasks etc. But the […]

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Our first race on the international circuit!

If you saw Thomas and me on this parking lot, packing our tandem in a beat-up cardboard box, changing in a rush to catch our flight without having a chance to shower, you would understand all the charm and all the absurdities of Paratriathlon. This weekend we were in Florida for the 2017 Sarasota ITU Paratriathlon […]

My blue dream

Even when everything goes wrong during a race, there is a silver lining, something to hang on to. Those are usually the most enlightening races. As my brother Bertrand is massaging my injured hamstring, I am holding a new blue jersey, smiling despite a disappointing 4th place. I am now a member of the French National […]

The cost of my Olympic dream

Many people think that money has tainted professional sports, even the Olympics. But when it comes to the Paralympics, one thing is sure, all the athletes involved do this because of their passion for their sport. The word amateur derives from the Latin word, amator, or lover. An amateur is someone who dedicates himself to […]

One more gear

This New York City triathlon was very special for me. I have been captain of the Tri Achilles team for a few months now, this race is our main event of the year and I really wanted to show this City what we could do! I was surprisingly relaxed on race morning, it was great […]

One step closer!

It was so beautiful to be there, treading water, waiting for our wave to start, surrounded by my idols, those who inspired me to chase my dream. Paralympians like Liz Baker, Aaron Scheidies, Hailey Danza and so many others. This was my second time at the US Paratriathlon National Championships, and it was by far […]

When people tell me that I don’t look blind

The woman sitting diagonally across from me at the table suddenly takes control of the conversation. I swivel my head a few degrees to the left, almost robotically, and nod at each point she makes. It looks like eye contact. My close friend leans into my left ear and whispers, “pre-cracked Lobster at 12 o’clock, […]

My week at the Olympic Training Center

If there is a paradise for sports jocks like myself, the Olympic Training Center of Chula Vista would be close to it. Imagine a 150-acre campus 7 miles south of San Diego, filled with athletes practicing track & field, archery, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, soccer, softball, beach volleyball, BMX, rugby etc. It’s so much […]