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Aurélie
Muller
FranceFrance, FRA
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 June 1990
Height
169 cm
Residence
Nice, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming when she was a baby. At age 12 she was selected to represent her school, and progressed from there.
Club / Team
CN Sarreguemines: France
Name of coach
Fabrice Pellerin [personal], FRA, from 2019

General Interest

Hobbies
Cooking, gliding, extreme sports, listening to music. (Facebook page, 18 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't give up." (fina.org, 10 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named 2015 and 2017 Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 02 Nov 2017, 15 Oct 2018)

She was named the European Swimming League [LEN] Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2015 and 2017. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018, 07 Jan 2016)
Milestones
She became the first French open water swimmer to win a world title when she claimed gold in the 10km open water event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 28 Jul 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018)
Other information
FOCUS ON 1500M FOR TOKYO
In 2019 she missed qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 10km event by a tenth of a second, finishing 11th at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. As a result, she relocated to Nice, France, and left coach Philippe Lucas to train under Fabrice Pellerin with a new goal of competing in Tokyo in the 1500m freestyle event. "With the 1500m being a new Olympic distance for women I though 'Why not?' I looked up the qualification times and I wasn't far off. It's a new challenge and a return to my origins in the pool. I had to leave Phliippe because he already has three open water swimmers in his group who qualified for Tokyo, and that would have been hard for me. We were sad to leave each other, a large number of my medals are thanks to Philippe. But this is not the end of my open water swimming. I will concentrate on the 1500m, see if I can qualify for the Olympics, and the year after it will be back to the world championships in open water." (rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 09 Oct 2019; lequipe.fr, 14 Jul 2019, 17 Jul 2019, 09 Oct 2019)

RIO DISQUALIFICATION
She was disqualified from the 10km open water race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after judges ruled that she had pushed Italian swimmer Rachele Bruni's arm down to stop her touching the board at the end. "What happened in Rio is now part of me, of my story, whether I like it or not. I'll have to live with that. I cannot say if it hurts me, but as soon as I see a Rio medallist, a report, it stirs me. As soon as I see Brazil on a sign or on products, I turn my head." (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2018; leparisien.fr, 29 Dec 2016; ONS, 15 Aug 2016)

OLYMPIC 'CURSE'
After disqualification from the 10km event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and failing to qualify for the event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she was asked whether she believed her Olympic open water ambitions were 'cursed'. "No, that is impossible. I still believe in it, I know I have an Olympic destiny awaiting me. Paris 2024 is a long way away and Tokyo isn't even here yet. Of course I have thought about 2024 but I have no idea yet. As long as I am enjoying swimming I will continue to swim." (rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 09 Oct 2019)

TATTOO
She has the phrase 'Chase your dreams' tattooed on her right foot. (dailynews.openwaterswimming.com, 15 Nov 2015)

FURTHER STUDIES
She has a diploma in both sports education and professional athlete career management. (womensports.fr, 15 Apr 2018)