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From depression to an Olympic medal, the formidable resurrection of Amandine Buchard


DECRYPTION - Between weight problems and a heavy family conflict, the French judokate could have dropped everything in 2016, when she missed the Rio Games. Instead, she didn't give up to clinch the silver medal in Tokyo.

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Become Olympic vice-champion, in the land of judo, in the majestic temple of Nippon Budokan: Amandine Buchard could hardly have dreamed of better for her first Olympic Games.

Finally if, she could have won the gold but in the final, her great rival, the Japanese Uta Abe, a real phenomenon of precocity with her two world titles at only 21 years old, deprived her of it after a magnificent fight of 9 minutes.

Precocious, the Frenchwoman was too, she who joined the collective France at only 18 years old.

Before winning a year later, in 2014, his first two international podiums, a European silver medal and a bronze on the world level.

Everyone predicted a bright future for him then ...

To read also: Buchard's tears, silver medalist in judo: "I'll savor it later"

A depression that could have announced the end of his career in 2016

But from a highway to glory, Buchard was going to have to branch off into painful side roads.

So much so that she confided in us, before flying to Tokyo: "

It took me a while to get to this first participation.

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Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-07-25

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