European Youth Olympics Festival

Arnaud Merkle

France

20 years old

Badminton

Won Estonian and German Open (2019), Spanish Open (2017), two-time Youth European Champion (2018); Medalled at 2020 European Championships; Competed at 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 2018 Junior World Championships

English, French

Interview

What are your passions and hobbies?

Sports, food and travel.

 

What is your secret superpower (or one you would like to have)?

Motivation.

 

What is your favourite dish from your country?

Raclette.

 

Who is the most inspiring athlete for you?

Rafael Nadal (Spanish tennis player) and Christiano Ronaldo (Portuguese footballer).

 

The words I live by are… (motivational quote)

No pain, no gain.

 

What motivated you to apply for the EYOA programme?

Sharing the Olympic values.

 

What are your goals as an EYOA?

Help the people to discover the Olympic Movement and sport.

 

What would be your dream job in the future?

Trainer.

 

What are your expectations from being an EYOA and the EYOF in Vuokatti (FIN)?

Meeting new people and helping the Olympic Movement to be all around the world.

 

What does Olympism mean to you?

Friendship and respect.

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