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TONY HELISSEY Jean-Paul
NOC France   
GenderMen
Born 28 Mar 1990 in Pointe--Pitre, GLP
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, French
Higher education Management - ESCP Europe: Paris, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up fencing at age five in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Why this sport? Coaches of his local fencing league in Guadeloupe were looking for a left-handed fencer.
Club / Team BLR 92: Bourg-la-Reine, FRA
Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA
Training Regime He trains in the morning for three hours before his classes and studying during the day. He trains again for an hour each night.
Handedness Left
General Interest
Nicknames JP, Jean-Paulo (Facebook profile, 14 Apr 2018; NOC Media Guide, 2016)
Hobbies Finance, tennis, basketball. (leparisien.fr, 20 Jan 2017)
Hero / Idol French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic. (pluris.fr, 14 Mar 2017)
Awards and honours He was decorated with France's National Order of Merit in 2016, after winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (pluris.fr, 14 Mar 2017)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. He also aspires to work in investment banking and capital funding. (univ-paris1.fr, 22 Feb 2017; univ-paris1.fr, 22 Feb 2017)
Other information RIO EXPERIENCE
He says he has grown from his disappointing performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he feels he cost France the gold medal in the men's team foil event. "It took me weeks to really recover. I felt guilty. It was as if the team lost because of me. Every event that I live helps me to move forward. All this will serve me as experience. I understand that when you do high-performance sport, doubt is allowed. It's human. I am not the first to whom it happens. Now, when I look at my silver medal, I do not want to desecrate it. It still represents all my efforts in recent years." (leparisien.fr, 20 Jan 2017)

FROM GUADELOUPE TO FRANCE
He was born in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, and moved to France in 2007. (asbr-escrime.fr, 2007)

OTHER STUDIES
He has also studied economics at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France. (pluris.fr, 14 Mar 2017; univ-paris1.fr, 22 Feb 2017)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 2 Team Foil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil