Interview with Christophe Lemaitre: Bronze medalist in the 200 m. at the Rio Olympics, French National Record holder in outdoor 200 m. (19.80)
English Transcription below
John Knych (JK): When I was in the train, the train passed Culoz, you grew up there?
Christophe LeMaitre (CL): Culoz
JK: First I’m curious of your childhood there, because it’s a little town.
CL: Yes a little village
JK: 3000 people?
CL: Yes, around there.
JK: So your childhood there, what did you do for fun? When you were little?
CL: There was not a lot to do, to be honest. Spend time with friends, play soccer, go outside.
JK: You have two older brothers?
JK: Are they also fast?
JK: Do you get along with your brothers?
CL: Yes, we got along, they were athletic too, played sports, like I did when I was a kid, but they didn’t sprint.
CL: They didn’t have track at Culoz. And it didn’t interest them.
JK: And what do you parents do?
CL: My mom didn’t play sports. But my father played a lot of sports in the past, he was athletic. He did swimming and wrestling. But not sprinting.
JK: And I read that you played handball and rugby?