Audrey, you are world champion 2007 in Baku (AZE), did you think you could reach this level during your career?
"It has been a long time since a French wrestler won the world title (Anna Gomis in 1999). There was a lot of pressure on me but I was determined. I defeat the Ukrainian for the first time in many matches. That win gave me the confident I needed so much. During the final against the German, I gave my best. Nothing and nobody could have stopped me this day, I was my big day."
What were you thinking at this moment ?
"It was amazing! It felt so great to hear to the Marseillaise. I was sharing this moment with my family, the girls (Vanessa Boubryem, Anne-Catherine Deluntsch, Anna Gomis), and the French team. I have phoned my parents so they could hear the anthem as well. My phone was ringing in pocket while I was standing on the highest step of the podium.
Ghani Yalouz was crying, he was an example to me. I also had a huge thought for my personal coach, Nodar Bokhashvili who was working so hard. If I’m world champion this day, he has a lot of influence. Finally, he was renowned for his talent."
Wrestling is an individual sport, however you often talk about the French team. What was the atmosphere like?
"With the girls, we were struggling together. This gold medal, it is also a gift for her. They were crying and I felt like they were also world champions. They definitely were in my heart. I wish everyone to have the opportunity to live this kind of emotions."
How was your return to France?
"Unbelievable! Everybody was here: family, friends, French wrestling family. They were waiting for me at the airport with some presents and champagne. It was a bit weird. I am not use to this. I was like one of the wonder of the world (in my view or the one of my friends). I was proud, proud to share this medal with the people I love."
You are still making good things for wrestling, years after the end of your career…
"Yes, I love to give hope to young kids : put my medal round their necks and look at them smiling. I am lucky to be, in a way, a model for those kids. Life is like a wrestling match, sometimes you win, sometimes not. That’s the way it’s works. I hope to see them win and be proud of themselves."
Paris has been designated host city of the 2017 world wrestling championships, is it a good thing ?
"Of course it is! French people are going to get into wrestling and they are going to understand how important is this sport in the world. Wrestling will be everywhere during the week (Tv, radios, papers…). I wish my best to the organization team. I know that it’s going to be a great competition. Let’s show the world what we can do!"
Are you also referring to the IOC decision of the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games? (13th of September)
"That’s right. Succeed in the championships organization will prove that we can hold major sport events. I do not think that people really imagine how does it feel to host the OG. It is something that a country has to live, at least once."
Le club Pernod de Lyon accueillait la deuxième étape du Roadshow ParisLutte2017.
Après Koumba Larroque, qui avait représentée l'équipe de France une semaine auparavant, c'était cette fois au tour d'un spécialiste de la lutte libre. Zoheir Elouarraqe (57 kg), médaillé de bronze aux championnats d'Europe 2014 était accompagné de son entraîneur à l'Insep, Didier Païs.
Plus d'une quarantaine de personnes, de tout horizons étaient présents. Passionnés de lutte, partenaires de l'événement, simple curieux s'étaient massés dans le club Pernod à cette occasion.
Prochaine étape : Paris le 24 novembre 2016. Retrouvez ici plus d'informations sur l'événement :
Le championnat du monde de lutte arrive à grands pas. Entre les 7 et 13 septembre dernier, l'affiche du mondial arborait les panneaux JCDECAUX de la capitale. Plusieurs internautes se sont pris au jeu et sont allés "à la chasse" aux panneaux. Nous vous remercions pour vos photos !
Mélonin Noumonvi, champion du monde 2014 et multiple champion de France dans la catégorie des -85 kg a lui aussi montré son soutien à l'organisation sur son compte Facebook.
Le comité d’organisation des championnats du monde a souhaité offrir à toutes les délégations étrangères la possibilité de venir s’acclimater en France en amont du championnat senior.
Dans le cadre de l'organisation des championnats du monde senior de lutte qui se dérouleront du 21 au 26 août2017 à l'Accor Hôtel Aréna de Paris, la Fédération Française de Lutte, avec la participation du ministère des sports, va lancer prochainement un appel à projet baptisé "tous prêt".