A third olympic title : this is the challenge that launched Teddy Riner, despite the deferral of the olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 because of a health crisis. A documentary aired Monday, July 20, on France 3 explores behind the scenes of this quest for the olympic gold. MORGANE FOUGERI / RADIO FRANCE
A few hours of the broadcast of a documentary* on his months of training for the Tokyo Games, the multiple world champion and double olympic medalist in judo has entrusted to franceinfo. It refers to this “year a little bit crazy“, hustled by the coronavirus : “I prefer to stay alive than to go to the J. O. It is better for all the world that they have been deferred“.
And he explains about his colossal ambition, and his desire to win it all, to be “the recordman all categories“.
I want to be the only one at the top. There is a Japanese who is triple olympic champion, I want to be on top of him.
The Tokyo olympic Games will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021. Still a full year to prepare, costs : “I started the high level in 2004. So obviously there is wear and tear, there’s a lot of cartilage in the joints, it squeaks… But we serre the teeth, it must hold still !”
* The documentary “Teddy” will be broadcast Monday, July 20, at 21h05 on France 3, in partnership with franceinfo.