Virginie Dedieu knows all about diving in! At six, she discovered synchronised swimming in the pools of Aix-en-Provence, a discipline she quickly shone in. A promising athlete and hard-working student, she had barely started high school when she joined the National Institute of Sport in Paris to prepare for the Olympic Games. From then on she took part in one competition after another, climbing to the top of the podium. A multiple champion of France and Europe, she was crowned three times world champion in solo, and participated in several Olympic Games including Sydney 2000, where she won bronze in duet with Myriam Lignot. Alongside her career as an athlete she obtained a degree in interior architecture and design, and has continued to perform in public, but out of competition. In 2007 she accompanied the famous Japanese singer Yumi Matsutōya in the concert-show Shangrila 3 with a synchronised swimming performance that dazzled the audience. Nowadays, professionals and individuals seek her out to host prestigious events. This mermaid has also carved a role for herself out of the water. In the summer, the Olympic champion organises her “Synchro Camp” synchronised swimming courses. Virginie Dedieu is also a consultant for France Télévisions, commentating on the air on major events. She works with international federations and athletes, creating choreographies for team, duet and solo dances. And for those needing a coach, she shares her experience in individual and team building sessions. A wonderful odyssey!
By Mathilde Hingray