Sporty and confined, episode 9: Lucie Baudu, canoe-kayakist from USM Saran and the French team

Lucie Baudu was on an internship in Paris when the coronavirus began to spread in France. "The internship was shortened … When I returned, I went to my parents' house in Saran. "She did not leave. "The confinement has been announced; the trains have been canceled …" Impossible to return to Pau, where the young woman of 26, member of the French canoeing team since 2011, lives and trains year round. "Since then," she said, "I have done my best."

His chances: the forest, adjoining the family home ?; and its garden. "I run half an hour every morning. And I do sheathing exercises, bodybuilding … "

"Does it inspire reflection, imagination ?!"

The adaptation and the resourcefulness work in full, for lack of a room and specialized devices. "But we are all a little in the same case, smiles the double champion of France, kayaking in 2018 and canoe slalom in 2019, also computer graphics and web designer. Does it inspire reflection, imagination ?! " So she recovered bars, weights, and diverted objects from their usual use to keep in shape, as much as possible. "I try to work other things …"

Nothing, however, can replace water ?; his favorite element of expression, especially in the spring, an auspicious and crucial period if ever there was one: shouldn't the first selection tests for the Olympic Games have happened on the weekend, if they had not been canceled ? "Normally we train twice a day ?; including one in the water, at least, for a specific job … "

Understandable annoyance

Like so many other top athletes (she's eyeing qualification for the Tokyo and Paris Games in 2024), Lucie Baudu is annoyed that "lots of people" discover a soul and the desires of athletes "because they are confined". The sanitary instructions could not be clearer, however: stay at home ! Whether you are a champion or not …

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