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"My dive was stupid and spontaneous": Laurent Tillie, coach of gold medalist volleyball, looks back on one of the strong images of the Tokyo Olympics

2021-10-13T06:51:36.725Z

Time flies. It has already been two months since the Olympic Games in Tokyo ended with an apotheosis for French team sports, titled in ...



Time flies.

It has already been two months since the Olympic Games in Tokyo ended on an apotheosis for French team sports, titled in handball and men's volleyball.

If the coach of the first, Guillaume Gille, continued his mission, Laurent Tillie, he has decided to devote himself now fully to his role as coach of the Panasonic Panthers, a team located in Osaka.

His return to France was therefore very brief, before returning to Japan.

But his happiness is still just as intense.

During a video interview, relaxed, smiling as usual, he took the time to give his news.

With ease.

To discover

  • The results of the 2020 Olympics

  • The Olympic medal table

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What images do you have in mind from these Games?


A lot. There have been so many stages on the road to the title. The initial defeat against the Americans, then against the Argentines where there, really, I had the impression that we were totally buried. I no longer knew where we were and I did not try to understand. Simply, the next day, I saw a big blue sky and I was convinced that we were going to leave. Without knowing how, without being able to explain it, I was convinced of our rebirth after this match against Argentina. And I think the players had the same feeling, hence the recklessness that returned to our game. Then, everything smiled on us. In particular this incredible 50-minute set against Brazil in the last group match that we won when clearly the Brazilians did nothad only one desire, it was to get us out. There is also inevitably the quarter against Poland where at one point, I felt that the pressure paralyzed the Poles while we were more and more liberated. Just like my stupid and spontaneous dive. We were in a state of euphoria. And the final was too good with this scenario with twists and turns: we start badly, we almost mourn the first set before finally snatching it improbably, then we break away two sets to zero before seeing Russia come back to play an incredible tie-break. It's like we won a marathon by making a difference in the last three meters.felt that the pressure paralyzed the Poles as we were more and more liberated. Just like my stupid and spontaneous dive. We were in a state of euphoria. And the final was too good with this scenario with twists and turns: we start badly, we almost mourn the first set before finally snatching it improbably, then we break away two sets to zero before seeing Russia come back to play an incredible tie-break. It's like we won a marathon by making a difference in the last three meters.felt that the pressure paralyzed the Poles as we were more and more liberated. Just like my stupid and spontaneous dive. We were in a state of euphoria. And the final was too good with this scenario with twists and turns: we start badly, we almost mourn the first set before finally snatching it improbably, then we break away two sets to zero before seeing Russia come back to play an incredible tie-break. It's like we won a marathon by making a difference in the last three meters.we almost mourn the first set before finally snatching it improbably, then we break away two sets to zero before seeing Russia come back to play an incredible tie-break. It's like we won a marathon by making a difference in the last three meters.we almost mourn the first set before finally snatching it improbably, then we break away two sets to zero before seeing Russia come back to play an incredible tie-break. It's like we won a marathon by making a difference in the last three meters.

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You're tough talking about stupid diving.

It will go down as one of the most striking images of these Games…


Yes, apparently (laughs).

There just had the official presentation of my team, the Panasonic, in an amusement park.

The players did the show all afternoon and of course to end the day I had to take a dip on stage (laughs).

People have been affected here as well.

They were surprised and ultimately, it's not bad.

But at the time, I didn't think about anything, I just left with the players.

Source: lefigaro

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