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Old 07-25-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Apologies if there's been a thread about this already but I figured we should have a thread where people can post photos of teammates together, photos with other athletes, or of players at the opening ceremonies, and articles about players experiences there. Feel free to post whatever you want about the Olympics.


First, an article in French about Gilles and his feelings about the Olympics experience and the spirit of the games. It also is about his experiences living with Gael at the Olympic Village last time and meeting some other French athletes like Maureen Nissima. It's a great read and shows what the Olympics means to a lot of these players:

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actuali...du-reel/300619

Simon : «Une humilité au-delà du réel»A Londres, Gilles Simon dispute ses deuxièmes JO d'affilée. Il adore l'esprit olympique et loue l'humilité, le respect et le partage avec les autres athlètes.

«L'esprit des JO, c'est de voir le basketteur américain à côté du petit gymnaste chinois au self.» En une phrase, Gilles Simon a résumé l'universalité des Jeux Olympiques. Il aime cette compétition pour cet esprit et ces valeurs de partage. A Londres, il veut donc faire partie de la famille du village. La raison le guide vers Wimbledon pour éviter des déplacements trop longs, mais son coeur le porte à vivre l'événement avec tous les autres athlètes. «Si tu fais une médaille en étant en dehors du village sans voir un athlète, tu seras content comme si tu avais atteint ta finale ou demi-finale à Roland-Garros. Mais cela restera un truc personnel, souligne le 13e mondial qui ne logera à Wimbledon que lors des matches. Aux Jeux, il y a un esprit qui mérite d'être vécu».

De sa première participation aux JO de Pékin, le 13e mondial garde comme souvenirs, la cérémonie d'ouverture et l'arrivée au village. Avec Gaël Monfils comme partenaire de chambrée, il ne peut pas oublier. «Le soir, tout le monde descend, se remémore Gilles Simon. Tu te fais une partie de poker avec les épéistes et les judokas». Et avec La Monf', le quotidien porte mal son nom. «C'est la Monf' quoi, raconte-il en riant. Il dit à Teddy (Riner) : "Viens là, je suis sûr que je te fous par terre". Tout le monde vient et rigole. C'est Gaël, c'est pour ça que tout le monde l'adore». C'est l'INSEP puissance 1000.

Pendant quatre ans, il a pu côtoyer tous les sportifs à l'Institut national du sport. Il mesure parfaitement les performances de chaque athlète où un médaillé olympique troque son costume d'ingénieur le jour pour celui d'escrimeur de 18 à 20h00. Et il s'étonne du manque de reconnaissance médiatique de certains sports : «Cela me surprend car tout le monde se rend compte pendant les Jeux des valeurs sportives de ces athlètes. On se dit quel bel état d'esprit. Et d'un autre côté, on entend les gens dire que les footeux sont trop payés etc. Mais ils continuent à aller au stade et à ne pas aller voir les autres sports. On ne change pas les habitudes. J'ai toujours été surpris que cela ne rebondisse pas plus loin derrière. Mais c'est la loi du genre.»

Quand il rencontre l'escrimeuse Maureen Nissima lors du Téléthon, il lui rappelle leur palmarès respectif pour remettre les choses en perspective : «Moi je ne gagne rien, toi tu es championne du monde. J'ai juste la chance de faire un sport plus médiatisé que le tien. Ils sont médaillés olympiques, ils réalisent un truc incroyable, mais ce n'est pas reconnu alors ils ont l'impression que ce qu'on fait au tennis est dix fois mieux qu'eux.» Aux jeux Olympiques, chacun est à sa place avec le même culte de la performance. Peu importe la médiatisation de son sport. «Les athlètes se mélangent, tout paraît normal, tout le monde vit son truc à fond et il y a une espèce de respect entre les différents sports où chacun pense que ce qu'il fait dans son sport est moins bien que ce font les autres. Il y a une humilité au-delà du réel. Il n'y a que des champions et ils sont simples. C'est juste fabuleux.»

Finally some photos of the French team arriving, Roger and Lleyton, and Gilles.





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