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First Games, Tokyo, favorite… The pressure seen by judokate Romane Dicko

2021-07-29T17:53:57.418Z

At 22, the one who is often presented as the future Teddy Riner of French women's judo is about to experience her first Games. Without real pressure, according to his confidences in Figaro.



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“For me, it's neither a pressure nor a stress.

I tell myself that I have everything to gain from this first experience at the Games.

I am already lucky enough to be able to fight despite the health situation, and I am proud to be able to represent France.

I just can't wait for it to start, that's all. ”

The pressure to live the Games in the land of judo

“It adds extra interest, that's all, not pressure.

To win a title here would be amazing.

In addition, Japan is a very beautiful country that I love.

It's full of little details that could make the story even more magnificent.

But I prefer to focus on what I have to do on the mat rather than making movies in my head.

However beautiful there must be, it will be written on its own. "

The pressure to succeed an Olympic champion in her category

“It motivates me above all.

I think I can bring home a nice Olympic medal like Emilie (Andéol) did in Rio.

Obviously, I'm aiming for gold and would do anything for it.

In my category, France has been shining for a number of years and I simply want it to continue.

Emilie showed me five years ago that the heavy ones were strong in France, and I am motivated to keep the title at home. ”

The pressure of being part of an impressive French women's team

“I don't see it as pressure, but rather as a source of emulation.

It is true that I am the last to fight and that this can be a source of pressure, either because all those before me have performed, or because they have failed and we have to save the country a little (smile ).

Well, honestly, I believe a lot more in the first scenario because our collective is really strong and I tell myself that it is only positive for me, it motivates me even more to tell myself that I must deserve my place.

It makes me work even harder.

I don't want to be the ugly duckling that doesn't perform. ”

The pressure to show up with a favorite sign

“It's true that it's a pressure, but I got used to it during the last Grand Slams in which I took part.

Of course, these are different competitions from the Olympics but I've been performing for two seasons, which allows me to be seeded in Tokyo, and I know very well that I am being watched.

I saw that my judo was more analyzed.

It is up to me to know how to assume this status.

I worked a lot mentally to show that I was only favorite on paper, but also on the mat. ”

The pressure to be seen as a future female Teddy Riner

“A short while, yes, it put pressure on me.

When I was 17 and I won my first title of champion of France, behind, I said to myself that I had to win everything.

When in fact, this is not how I should think.

I just had to keep producing my judo, what I knew how to do and what I liked to do.

Result, at the Junior World Championships that followed, I was beaten from the first round and there I understood that I had to manage this enthusiasm around me differently.

I started to call on a mental trainer to help me and quickly I progressed.

I know there's no point in comparing myself to Teddy and just have to go my way. ”

The pressure of repeated injuries

“At some point, inevitably, I started to doubt. In 2018, I had my shoulder surgery. No problem at the time, I knew I was still two years before the Games. Except that in 2019, I get injured again and there, the countdown begins. I come back in November, but on my return, I do two poor performances and the doubt really begins to invade me. Will I be ready in time for Tokyo? Would I even qualify? Will I get back to my best on time? At one point, the questions were rushing and I had to deal with all these emotions. I said to myself: “Romane, take your time”. But the Games were coming in less than six months and time I didn't have. Finally, until the postponement which was really beneficial to me. I was coming back from two years of injuries and it wasoffered an additional year of training. For the young judokate that I am, it was a blessing… ”

The pressure of the health context and the absence of the public

“The fact that there won't be an audience tends to take the pressure off me, I think.

There will be no excitement around the competition as it could have been.

It's a shame in terms of the atmosphere, but if I look at the glass half full, it also means less staring at me.

So maybe I could move more slowly, focusing only on what I have to do and not all the extras.

I always try to see the positive in every situation. ”

Source: lefigaro

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