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Olympic Video games 2024. Auvergne breakdancer Nasty “goals for the medal”

Nathanael Etouke alias “Nasty” was chosen for the preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympics, within the self-discipline of breakdance. Whoever intends to deliver a medal again to Auvergne has battled earlier than getting there. Portrait.

Jean-Pellez gymnasium, in Aubière, close to Clermont-Ferrand. The best athletes educated on this place, like Renaud Lavillenie. However right here, it is a complete completely different athlete who’s exercising, chaining dance steps and acrobatic returns. That is Nasty. From his actual identify Nathanael Etouke, the younger man of 29 years has simply been chosen for the preparations for the Paris Olympic Video games in breakdance, a self-discipline which can formally make its look on the 2024 Olympiad. “We suspected it”, launches Michaël Pecaud, religious father of the younger dancer and director of the collective of artists from Clermont, Supreme Legacy, of which Nasty is a member. Outsized white sweatshirt and quick dreadlocks falling on his brow, Nathanael nods shyly. The Clermontois is thrilled: “It is an opportunity for me to be chosen. I will evolve on this atmosphere”. Like 5 different athletes, he managed to iCombine INSEP, the French sports activities champion manufacturing unit to arrange for a very powerful worldwide sporting occasion.

However earlier than arriving within the temple of French sport, Nasty educated quite a bit. When requested how he received to this checklist, he repeats and insists: “The Relentlessness”. A willpower to which is added a good atmosphere. “Principally, I used to be immersed on this tradition with my older brothershe explains. By means of music but in addition basketball. I grew up in a time when Allen Iverson (American basketball participant editor’s observe) got here with all this tradition: the glued braids, the hip-hop model”. Impressed by this pattern from throughout the Atlantic, Nasty determined in 2008 to launch with just a few mates: “I used to be 15 after I began. We have been a gaggle of mates and we educated outdoors. In a spot referred to as Galaxie: the break mecca in Clermontrecollects the younger man of 29 years. It is the place to be to coach, progress, and see one of the best on the town.”. Then, what was at first a passion turned, little by little, into an actual ardour that he did not need to let go: “At first, I educated in the summertime, throughout college holidays. When college resumed it was extra sophisticated: I needed to do homework after which I used to be in third grade. However as the college 12 months went on, since I had good ends in college, I educated increasingly more. For in the long run, to coach on daily basis. » He observes, imitates, learns, exchanges: “You do not have a trainer, you study by yourself. You’re in touch with folks, you search for data, you focus on. In truth, the break is all about sharing”. However studying wasn’t all the time so easy: “It was troublesome to have the ability to study. Typically folks did not need to share their secrets and techniques.” he laments.

In 2014, excellent news upset his coaching rhythm. He turns into the daddy of twins: “I needed to decelerate within the dance. I did a variety of competitions. I needed to cease a bit of bit to maintain my youngsters.. However three years later, regardless of this break, he nonetheless cannot overlook breakdancing. In 2017, he determined to surrender hiseducated as a prepare dinner to run battles (tournaments) on the worldwide degree and joined the corporate Supreme Legacy. “Jbroke down. I mentioned to myself: ‘I am quitting the kitchen. I’ll attempt to work and dwell from dancing. I wished to interrupt by way of, to do no matter it took to get there.

At present, the younger man begins to dwell breakdance. He provides classes for the “Supreme Legacy” collective, in a municipal college and in a conservatory. However he doesn’t lose sight of his goal: “I practice, moreover that, exhausting for the medal”.

To succeed in the Grail, the day by day lifetime of this B-Boy (as breakdance specialists are referred to as) was considerably upset. Nasty continues competitions, coaching, whereas attempting to juggle his private {and professional} life. The fanatic can be getting back from a world championship which befell in Seoul. His first main assembly earlier than the Olympics: I wanted this stage to higher put together myself for this type of competitors. I misplaced on the gates of the highest 32. I got here throughout a giant fish”, regrets the breakdancer. However he nonetheless manages to relativize: “It was an excellent take a look at part. There are a variety of issues that I did not know and now I do know.. It takes much more to discourage the younger dancer with a busy schedule. At INSEP, each different week, the younger man alternates between 3 weekly bodily preparation classes, battles, video evaluation, and work on rhythm, efficiency, and so on. A rhythm that didn’t frighten him, fairly the opposite: “The primary few weeks, I even went to coach within the night in Paris”, he laughs. Happily, all the pieces has been deliberate for the younger dancer: balneotherapy, medical group, exact vitamin. A framework worthy of the best athletes. The problem for him lies in one thing fairly completely different: “The toughest factor for me is leaving my three youngsters each different week, confides the younger dad. We get used to it, however every time, it is exhausting to depart.

“Competitors, we like that. It is in our DNAexplains Michael Pecaud. VSa permits us to surpass ourselves, to go additional. So when he advised me the information, I clearly mentioned sure immediately. Clearly, subsequently, for the director of the collective who noticed him develop. The chance above all to dream of being a expertise machine in the course of city tradition. The collective is now considering greater: having an Olympic medalist amongst them. “What we would like is to get the medal. LThe aim for us is to help him in addition to potential to attain this goal: discover rooms to coach, accompany him in competitions, be in help, give him recommendation”.

Nasty, he has one factor in thoughts, for the second, which animates him earlier than the massive assembly: the European championship in Manchester. “It is THE competitors for me. The one who may assist me for the Olympics. The target: to chase after valuable factors awarded based on the outcomes of those worldwide tournaments, which have turn into more and more demanding, which then outline a “rating” (classification). The higher you’re ranked, the extra probability you’ve of having the ability to take part in these Olympics.

Within the meantime, meet on Saturday August 10, 2024 to see – we hope – the younger breakdancer deliver dwelling the medal. Nasty, he sees even additional: “And why not 2028”.

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