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Laure Manaudou says she won't go back to Turin to prepare for Beijing Olympics

Laure Manaudou says she won't go back to Turin to prepare for Beijing Olympics

Olympic gold medalist Laure Manaudou doesn't yet know where to train ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games.
But she knows it won't be Turin.
The French swimmer made her first public appearance Tuesday since being fired by her Italian club LaPresse on Aug. 6.
"I think it is important that everyone knows that I will not go back to Turin, that is certain," Manaudou said, adding that elsewhere in Italy was also unlikely.
"I am giving myself two to three weeks to figure out what I want to do," she said.
Manaudou, 20, broke with longtime trainer Philippe Lucas in May and moved to Turin, where she swam for LaPresse. Manaudou, who is dating Italian swimmer Luca Marin, was fired amid reports that she did not get along with her trainer, Paolo Penso.
The swimmer's father, Jean-Luc Manaudou, has said that his daughter could return to France to train with her brother Nicolas.
"It's true there are a lot of people who want to coach me, it's logical," Manaudou said Tuesday. "I am not going to make a fast decision and then change three weeks later."
Manaudou won the 400-meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics. At this year's world championships in Melbourne, Australia, she won gold in the 200 and 400 freestyle, plus three other medals.


Updated : 2021-01-28 20:35 GMT+08:00