Written on 19 November 2012.
Combining high-calibre athletics and studies is never easy. Thomas Faucheron, participant in the 2012 Summer Olympics and student on the Financial Economics Track at EDHEC, is a perfect example of the daily commitment necessary to obtain excellent results in both arenas. The Bernard Destremau Prize, which he is set to receive, is the symbol of this success.
On November 19, in Paris, Thomas Faucheron will receive the Bernard Destremau Prize, awarded by the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques. “This prize is awarded to a high-calibre athlete who has managed to reconcile competitive sports and the pursuit of higher education. Anne Reculet, an officer at the French Archery Federation, mentioned this prize to me a few weeks before my participation in the London Olympic Games. I told myself that all the efforts I’ve made to get where I am are being rewarded, and this prize also shows that going to a school as selective as EDHEC isn’t incompatible with being involved in highly competitive athletics,” says Thomas with pride.
A meteoric rise
Thomas, originally from Brittany, has managed to reconcile his studies and a meteoric rise in his sport: “In 2011–2012, I had one good result after another, such as a second place for the team at the World Cup in Shanghai and a third place in the European championships in Amsterdam. So I went from 450th to 19th place.” The only downer, a major one, sadly: Thomas’s results at the Olympics didn’t measure up to his expectations. “In the individual competition, I was eliminated in the round of sixteen by Gaël Prévost, the top French archer. I have great memories, but I’m sorry I was eliminated a bit too soon. And with the French team we finished eighth out of twelve, which was disappointing, since our goal was to medal.”
Grateful to EDHEC
To make it through such an eventful 2011–2012 season in his sport, Thomas was greatly accommodated by EDHEC, a point he makes sure to bring up: “I am very grateful to EDHEC, which for the entire year allowed me to have a schedule flexible enough for me to practice three hours a day at the Antibes Archery Club.”
Currently in his gap year, Thomas Faucheron is completing a six-month internship in auditing at Ernst & Young, in Luxembourg.