“In short, I can still be an Olympic champion!
"If she had had a little time to joke around and the possibility, too, of getting out of her bubble, Pauline Ranvier would perhaps have made a sequel to" In short, I am a high-level athlete ", the parody of the mini. series popularized by Canal +, which she wrote, directed, edited and published 10 days ago on social networks.
But, as the fencer has fun by evoking, in a tone deliberately inspired by that of Kyan Khojandi, all the clichés linked to her condition, she cannot, she is a high level athlete!
And there, it is not of the second degree.
Tonight, while France will sleep soundly, the 27-year-old Seine-et-Marnaise will try, with her partners from the France team Anita Blaze, Ysaora Thibus and Astrid Guyart, to open the way to Olympic team foil final.
It is this strange life, partly made up of efforts and deprivation for a very random reward that the graduate of an MBA in sports management had fun putting in pictures.
“Six months ago I fell back on 'Short' videos and I had a kind of flash, smiles the one who was eliminated in the 16th in the individual competition in Tokyo.
I told myself that there was something to do around all the prejudices that surround the life of a top athlete.
Overdose of pasta, perpetual comparisons with Flessel, physical suffering ... all the clichés go by
After evacuating her doubts about the feasibility of the project, she writes a script, surrounds herself with a few relatives and sets out, brand new iPhone in hand, to caricature the demands of her daily life as an ambitious and anonymous fencer.
“I started scripting and touring in February,” she explains.
The objective was to go out before the Games in order to make the French want to follow unknown athletes, far from the multimillionaires of football, by breaking certain prejudices and accentuating others.
And obviously everything goes there: from the overdose of pasta to meals, to the perpetual comparisons to Laura Flessel, through physical suffering or guilt during drunken evenings, Pauline has not failed to exaggerate any cliché. “At the beginning, the more I edited the images, the less I could see myself and the more I found it bad, she laughs. I felt like it would only make me laugh, and maybe my parents. And then I showed the draft to relatives, asked Kyan Khojandi for advice, via Instagram. He responded to me. Everyone told me it was great… ”
Six months later, when Pauline posted “her work” on social networks before flying to Tokyo, the feedback from her partners, anonymous people and athletes such as MotoGP rider Johan Zarco, Clarisse Agbégnénou or Samir Aït -Saïd obviously reinforced his initiative a little more. “The humor is overkill, but it's my life and I love it,” she says nonetheless. I'm not looking for individual recognition, but I would like my sport to have more visibility. I dream that in 2024, for example, people will be in bars for a fencing, 100m or pentathlon final as they do for football. It's not a rant, it's just a reminder that after the Euro, there are also the Games,that we have been preparing for this for 5 years that many little-known sports deserve to be highlighted. "
Beyond her parody, Pauline Ranvier will have the opportunity to do it this noon (12:30 pm in France) if she makes it to the team foil final. At that point, it will be up to her to write the next episode of his adventures: “In short, she is a medalist. "