grandevaulter wrote:I didn't see a translator on the news article. Ich lese Deutche oder Englisch. Paquena Espanol.
I tried to translate it for you (not evident, this article is full of idioms...)
This word comes back like a boomerang in the mouth of anyone who knows Renaud. Whether equestrian acrobat 15 years old, or the star of jumpers at 25, the total investment is without flaw. A real tough guy that has risen, last Friday, in the firmament of the Olympics. "When he has something in mind, he never gives up, confesses his coach Damien Inocencio. It's true that he's a passionate, and it's all very well his main strength ." A significant advantage, slipped into the sleeve of his jacket, when the eldest of the siblings Lavillenie dragged his gaiters on bridleways held by the father.
"He's flat out in everything he does, shows Gilles, his father. He learned to ride alone, just looking at me. Acrobatics took him between 15 and 17 years, when I went to manage a horse riding center in Landes. He liked it because he's a daredevil, and you have to be so to be a vaulter. It's this dimension, this adrenaline he likes."
More than a character trait, it's a true genetic predisposition (his father and brother are also pole vaulters) detected at an early age. "You have to be crazy to install a vault pit at home (as Renaud did in his childhood , Ed), amuses grandmother Annie. But Lavillenies are slightly cracked." Always in search of sensations, this troublemaker of vault pits will stop at nothing, especially when it comes to live his passion. Yet this immoderate love dedicated to his discipline has its flip side, and its sacrifices, made inevitable by the untapped potential of the athlete. "Renaud left Cognac in 2008, remembers Gilles Lavillenie. He first went to Bordeaux, then to Clermont-Ferrand." A blessing in disguise, as the paterfamilias. "He had to have this break, for him and for me. It was mandatory."
A painful breakup.
Divorce with Cognac, on political and financial imbroglio between family background and the Charente's athletic club, has undoubtedly left its mark. A way for Renaud to take off, and reach his full potential in his new Auvergne region. "Now he feels almost more as he was born in Clermont-Ferrand than in region Charentes, he's been very well received there," even reported his grandmother.
A choice dictated by love dedicated to his bride-to-be, but also his passion for the pole. "First and foremost, Renaud wanted to join his girlfriend, remembers his coach, but he also wanted to work with me. It was in June 2008. He wanted to join our club because it has very good facilities. For this many reasons he decided to settle here." Winning bet for Lavillenie, who definitely takes off under the tutelage of Damien Inocencio. "But he's not necessarily someone easygoing every day admits the person. Anyway, this is the lot of champions. Not that he's someone who is hard to train, but Renaud has a very strong character." The same character of hardened steel, which makes him a gold filled researcher. Enough to encourage vocations. "Renaud is someone who had the possibilities. He was very hardworking, strong-willed, remembers Patrick Bergeaud, Director of Cognac Athletic Club. With work, it may be possible to a lot of people to succeed at the top level. He can be a source of inspiration for many young people." Valentin, who has followed the footsteps of his idol bro, is the first and foremost concerned.
Ice and rummy with grandpa
"And yes, a Lavillenie may hide another," smiled Jean, his grandfather, too eager to regain his Olympic champion grand-son, with the simplicity that characterizes him. "When he visits us, he like to eat an ice, and to settled for a rummy card game. Renaud is very family-minded. He calls us "the old", but it's not at all derogatory in his mouth. He's on TV as he's in life, a guy who does not get big-headed. This is what makes him popular." That is indeed the essential thing, because Olympic gold doesn't bring everything.