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French judo star Teddy Riner going for gold

07-18-2012 11:13 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Four years ago, at the Beijing Olympics, French judo star Teddy Riner had to settle for bronze. In London, the five-time World Champion is going all-out to turn his dedication into gold.

Some people might be understandably nervous at the prospect of having to fight several men in an upcoming Olympic Games. But Teddy Riner, the French judo star, couldn't be more relaxed.

France's President Francois Hollande (R) poses with France's Judo World champion
Teddy Riner (C) and Olympic judo champion Lucie Decosse as he receives a Judogi
signed by members of the French Judo team for the London Olympics 2012 during
a visit at the training headquarters of INSEP (National Institute for Sport
and Physical Education) in Paris July 16, 2012.

At 23, he’s already won the world championship a record five times, thanks in no small part to his imposing physique - 130 kilos and more than two metres tall.At Beijing 2008 he had to be contented with a bronze medal -- but now, after two years without a defeat, he's going for gold in London.

Teddy Riner, Jodo competitor, said, "I go into every competition like I'm an outsider. Even though I'm a five-time world champion, even if I'm world number one, at every competition you go back to zero."

And the Olympics aren't just any competition. Having experienced it once, Teddy's keen to recapture the highs of competing at the world's most prestigious sporting event.

Teddy Riner said, "You bump into worldwide stars, you just meet everybody. It’s like the world has stood still during the event. Everything goes so fast on the day of your competition. It's magical, the Olympics, there's just no words for it!"

And this time he'll have family and friends with him, making the journey to London for extra support. In fact, family's so important to him that he still lives at home with his parents in Paris.

Teddy Riner also said, "One day I'll move out. For now, for the Olympics, I think I'm good with mum and dad. Why change?"

And this top-class fighter, who earns a million Euros a year, is even going back to college after the Olympics with dreams of one day becoming a businessman. Until then, France knows Teddy is one of their very best hopes to find gold at London 2012.

France's judo world champion Teddy Riner attends
a training session with members of France's judo
team for the 2012 London Olympics at the training
headquarters of INSEP (National Institute for
Sport and Physical Education) in Paris July 16, 2012.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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