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Lucie Decosse teaches the athletes but gets taught as well at Youth Olympic Games

20 Oct 2014 18:30

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
Lucie Decosse

London 2012 Olympic Games judo gold medallist Lucie Decosse (FRA) is Ambassador of the Sport at the Youth Olympic Games this week in Nanjing. She shows young athletes what you can achieve as an athlete and tells everyone her story and takes part in media sessions.

She is part of the three athlete role models in attendance at the Youth Olympic Village: Lucie Decosse, Heather Moyse (CAN) and Patrick Murphy (AUS).

Young athletes took part in a session with the French super champion. “Is there going to be an opportunity to teach me how to play judo? Can we do that?” Chinese Liu asked. “Absolutely, I train every morning between 8:30 and 9:30 and you’re welcome to join me,” Decosse replied.

The French judoka will hold Sport initiation sessions at the Youth Olympic Village.

Decosse commended Liu for having the courage to ask for exactly what she wanted. “In China, judo is not one of the top sports, so it’s great to see a young girl that’s motivated by judo,” Decosse said.

 

 “We have a lot of cultural experiences here that we don’t have at the normal Olympics. But here we are being helped to grow up. This in a way is better than the real Olympic Games.”

 

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