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THIBUS Ysaora
NOC France   
GenderWomen
Born 22 Aug 1991 in Les Abymes, GLP
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Race Imboden
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, French
Higher education Economics - University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age seven in Guadeloupe. She moved to mainland France to join the national youth training hub [Pole Espoir] in Aix-en-Provence at age 17, and a year later she joined the national team training base at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris.
Why this sport? "My mother took my brother and me to discover fencing. At the time, I was doing classical dance. I was truly a little princess. Initially, this introduction to the sport was intended more for my brother. It turned out I liked it straight away, and I quickly got a taste for competition. It became an addiction. Making a hit, defeating my opponent, I was no longer a ballerina but a fighter. In Guadeloupe, I got to a point where there was no more opposition, so I had to leave [for mainland France], to keep growing as a fencer."
Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA; Stefano Cerioni [personal], ITA
Training Regime She divides her time between training camps with the national team in Paris, France, and the United States of America where her partner and personal coach are based.
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Ysa (ouest-frace.fr, 09 Jan 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning an individual silver medal at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (sport24.lefigaro.fr, 28 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic. (franceantilles.fr, 25 Jun 2013)
Injuries She injured her hamstring during the 2015 Montreaux Masters in Switzerland. (lequipe.fr, 08 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard and dream big." (Twitter profile, 28 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours In 2013 she was presented with the Bernard Destremau Award by the Institute of France. The honour was in recognition of the way she had balanced her studies alongside her career as an elite athlete. (escpeurope.eu, 21 Nov 2013)
Famous relatives Her partner Race Imboden has represented the United States of America in fencing, and won gold in both individual and team foil at the 2018 Pan American Championships in Havana, Cuba. (rtl.fr, 09 May 2019; instyle.com, 16 Jan 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2018)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lequipe.fr, 28 Nov 2018)
Other information FENCING COUPLE
She met her partner, US fencer Race Imboden, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "If he offers me advice, I am always ready to listen. After all he is world number one [May 2019] so I imagine his advice is not bad. In general we make a good couple, in sport and in life." (rtl.fr, 09 May 2019)

FROM FRANCE TO THE UNITED STATES
In 2017 she relocated from France to Los Angeles, CA, United States of America, to train alongside her partner Race Imboden under Ukrainian fencer Sergei Golubitsky. In late 2018 the couple ended their collaboration with Golubitsky and began working under Italian coach Stefano Cerioni. "With him [Sergei], I learnt to get out of my comfort zone, to challenge certain elements of my training and to think about what I really wanted to get out of the sport. [But] there were things that did not correspond with our vision of training. Race and I would have liked more involvement from him, but he was often busy with his club. Also, he had a very military coaching style. With Stefano, it is a different approach. We have found a more fluid dynamic to prepare for competitions that is built around the needs of an elite athlete." (lequipe.fr, 28 Nov 2018; lci.fr, 27 Apr 2018; Red Bull Media House, 13 Nov 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2016 she completed a master's degree in management at the ESCP Europe business school in Paris, France. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2017; republicain-lorrain.fr, 08 Jun 2017)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 Quarterfinal Individual Foil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 4 Team Foil London, England
World Championships
2018 2 Individual Foil Wuxi, China
2018 3 Team Foil Wuxi, China
2017 3 Individual Foil Leipzig, Germany
2017 Final 5-6 Team Foil Leipzig, Germany
2015 3 Team Foil Moscow, Russia
2015 Quarterfinal Individual Foil Moscow, Russia
2014 3 Team Foil Kazan, Russia
European Championships
2019 2 Team Foil Düsseldorf, Germany
2019 3 Individual Foil Düsseldorf, Germany
2018 3 Team Foil Novi Sad, Serbia
2017 3 Individual Foil Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 Final 5-6 Team Foil Tbilisi, Georgia
2016 6 Individual Foil Torun, Poland
2013 2 Team Foil Zagreb, Croatia
2013 3 Individual Foil Zagreb, Croatia
2012 8 Individual Foil Legnano, Italy