Meet French swimmer Laure Manaudou. She is an Olympic, world and European champion. See photos, video and a biography of Laure here.
Laure Manaudou is in the news today as the French swimmer has found herself in an uncompromising position. Her ex-boyfriend, Italian swimmer Luca Marin, has been accused of posting birthday suit photos and a video of Manaudou on the internet.
The two were seen fighting at the European short course championship in Hungary this past weekend.
He has denied that he was the one who leaked the photos and told an Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport:
“I know nothing about the video and have only seen the photos. Yes, it looks like it’s really her but it is ridiculous to think it was me who put them there.”
As a biography, Laure Manaudou was born on October 9, 1986 in Villeurbanne. She has had a stellar career in swimming, which started in the 400 m freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she won the gold medal. She became a hero in her native France, as it was the first time France had ever won a gold medal in women’s swimming. Manaudou also won the silver medal in the women’s 800 m freestyle and a bronze in the women’s 100 m backstroke while at Athens as well.
During the 2005 World Aquatics Championship in Montreal, Canada, Manaudou won the women’s 400 m freestyle.
While at the 2006 European Swimming Championship in Budapest, she would win the 800 m freestyle, 400 m freestyle, 100 m backstroke, and the 200 m medley.
During the 2007 World Championship in Melbourne, she took the gold in the 400 m freestyle, silver in 800 m freestyle and 100 m backstroke, and a bronze in the 200 m medley.
She had been coached by Philippe Lucas from 2001 through 2007, and announced in May 2007 that she was leaving him to train with Lapresse Nuoto, a swim club in Turin, Italy. She did state that she would still swim for France.
In August 2007, she was kicked off Lapresse Nuoto and it was rumored that Manaudou and chief executive of LaPresse Nuoto club, Paola Penso, had a falling out. Evidently he did not like Manaudou’s attitude during training.
You can see more about Laure Manaudou on her official website.
You can see the photos and video of Laure Manaudou below although they are properly edited and covered.
You can view the almost pictures of Laure Manaudou here although these are also covered.