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MEETING | LOUIS THAURON – Passionate Ice-Skater

Louis Thauron is a French figure skater who already has an impressive track record.
Passionate about ice dancing, which he performs in a duet with his partner Adelina Galyavieva,
he is constantly training and competing, with the 2022 Olympic Games in mind.

 

 
Also a master student at EMLyon Business School in France, Louis Thauron joins the 2020 class of the “Young Champions” program developed by Fusalp under the mentoring of Claudia Riegler-Dénériaz, ski champion, and Antoine Dénériaz, Olympic Champion, who are both brand ambassadors.
We interviewed him.

 

Hello Louis, tell us about your journey. 

I’m in the French skating team, in the ice dance discipline.
It all started at the age of six when I decided to switch from ice hockey to ice dancing in Fontenay-sous-Bois, my hometown. Very quickly, I started competing solo, then in pairs. After two French Championship titles in the small categories, I decided to go and train in Lyon. That’s how I joined the French Junior Team.

Then, in agreement with the Federation, I had the chance to train for four years in a row at the best centre in the world, at the time located in Detroit, in the United States. These years were rich experiences that transformed me and changed my vision of skating.

Since April 2018, I have been dancing in Moscow with Adelina Galyavieva, a French woman of Russian origin. We are eyeing the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. We are runners-up for France this year, bronze medallists at the 2019 Winter Universiades and 12th at the 2019 and 2020 European Championships.

These past years have allowed me to develop a real appetite for artistic creation. I like the lack of limitation in the alliance of technique and art. That’s where the choice and editing of music, choreography and costume come into play. This universe fascinates me and I wish to live this passion as long as possible.

 

 

As a child, you took your first steps on an ice rink with an ice hockey team, then moved on to figure skating. Two radically opposed sports. What motivated this change ?

My parents wanted me and my two sisters to have physical activity in addition to school. They chose ice dancing and I chose hockey, among other things, to be with my school friends. During a training session I had an injury that sent me straight to the hospital. My parents then suggested I join my sisters in ice dancing… I quickly got a taste for it !

 

Do you prefer to talk about figure skating or ice dancing ?

I’m good at both. Figure skating encompasses several disciplines including ice dance. Ice dance is practiced exclusively in pairs and at a high level. This discipline requires many qualities, such as speed, technique, precision, mastery of movements and elements associated with gestural and artistic expression. It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between these two activities, but note that in ice dancing there are no jumps. In France, it is a popular sport but one which unfortunately does not generate much media coverage compared to in Russia or Japan, for example. 

 

 

First in Detroit, USA, and now in Moscow. It’s a big geographical and cultural gap. How do these two continents influence your physical preparation and your artistic inspirations ?

Detroit gave me the technical and Moscow the artistic. The American system is very different from the French system in which I evolved when I was younger. Most of the ice rinks there are privately owned. There is a maximum of hours of ice available and the training schedule is organized around private lessons. The coaches give priority to technique. One of the limits of this system is that there are fewer possibilities for a couple to be autonomous and to inject their personality into the work, which for me is essential in artistic creation. In Russia, the culture of sport is also very present. The organisation of training is more flexible, we have greater freedom of artistic research. 

 

 
These changes in training locations require a strong capacity to adapt, particularly in terms of language, climate, scenery, behaviour, daily life and working methods. It is important not to stay in your comfort zone. Creating change and adapting to it contributes to success. I find it essential to develop a “global mindset” through my sport.

 

You’re barely 25 years old and you already have a pretty good track record. What advice would you give to a young skater who wants to start competing ?

I would tell them to have fun in training and in competition before aiming for success. Pleasure must remain the main motivation… it is necessary when you have to get up at 5am to skate before school ! Without this essential motivation, it is difficult to reach your goals. I would also advise them to always keep a balance in their life between family, friends, studies and sports.

 

 

 

This season, you are joining Fusalp’s “Young Champions” program, what do you expect from it ?

I’m very happy to join the Fusalp Young Champions Program. I hope to meet new people, share good times and learn. It is still a new adventure for me and it is the opportunity to meet other passionate people with whom I can share my experiences. 

 

Louis wears the GABIN III polo in Meleze, the LESTIO sweater in Blue Depth and the MARIO sweater in Black.

Follow Louis Thauron on Instagram : @louis_thauron

Photos credits : Olivier Brajon

 


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