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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
Residence Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, French
Higher education Economics - University Pantheon-Sorbonne: Paris, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age seven in Guadeloupe. She moved to France to join the Pole Espoir training centre in Aix-en-Provence at age 17.
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."
Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA; Sergei Golubitsky [personal], UKR, from 2017
Handedness Right
General Interest
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. (instyle.com, 16 Jan 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2018)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lci.fr, 27 Apr 2018)
Other information MOVING TO THE US
In August 2017 she relocated to Los Angeles, CA, United States of America, to work under the guidance of Ukrainian fencer, Sergei Golubitsky. "It was a life choice. I train daily at the club with Golubitsky. It was a chance to be able to discover his fencing vision, to learn from him and to follow this adventure. It is quite different to what I knew in France. The INSEP [National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance] is a big machine. We [national team members] have everything at our disposal. We have the support of the federation, coaches and medical staff. But now I train at a club, surrounded by young people. It is not a high performance structure but I could put everything in place, with the help of my coaches in France and the federation, to build my own team and make it more professional. It grows step by step." (lci.fr, 27 Apr 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2016 she completed a master's degree in management at the ESCP Europe campus in Paris, France. (LinkedIn profile, 2016; 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
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