“I had a moment when I said to myself, do I continue?”, the doubts of Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos before her flight to the United States


The gymnast, quadruple European champion, Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos explains her departure to the south of the United States in Houston.

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The Frenchwoman will begin training in the United States at the end of April with the Paris 2024 Games in her sights.

After the missed Olympics in Tokyo, gymnast Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos needed to take some distance from her sport. The four-time European champion finished 11th in the artistic gymnastics all-around in Tokyo last summer. A disappointment for her. “I had a moment where I was like, do I keep going?”, she then wondered.

She found the answer to her question a few weeks later in the United States. Invited on a gala tour organized by the American champion Simone Biles, she rediscovered her sport. “I did gymnastics differently. I danced and had fun with the public. It was so good and I said to myself that I could not stop”, she confides. So, after asking Simone Biles for advice, Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos decides to take the plunge and cross the Atlantic to come and train there in the hope of reviving for Paris 2024. She will begin her new adventure at the end of April, in Houston (Texas), city where s also trains Simone Biles.

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