Yannick Agnel is a swimmer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for France.

Yannick Agnel finished fifth in the 200m free and sixth in the 400m free, but his biggest statement may be his times thus far in 2012. He enters the Games with the fastest time in the world this year in the 200m free, and has the third best time in the 100m free.

After graduating from high school, Agnel says he thought he would focus on being a professional swimmer full time, but he quickly became dissatisfied with that lifestyle and enrolled in school. "It was a bad experience, so I enrolled at the Nice School of Commerce to rediscover the balance I had in my life as a student and athlete, which is nice," Agnel said. "It is a different atmosphere, and it's necessary to expand your social circle beyond those you spend six to eight hours a day in the pool with I'm studying oceanography and I like it a lot. The courses are in English, but I'm used to it from competitions and training." He also likes to read "all kinds" of books and as a result, has discovered a passion for writing.

Agnel began swimming in the year 2000 in Nimes when a neighbor spotted him swimming in the family pool, and advised his parents to enroll him in a club. Previously, he had played tennis. "I floated well. I immediately felt at ease in the water," Agnel said. "I took pleasure in swimming. I liked the unique feeling of water sliding over the body. Today, with the speed, I sometimes feel like a speedboat. It's fun, even exhilarating."



Agnel describes himself as "quite an introvert" and says swimming suits that well because of the lane lines, which allows him to "enter my bubble, and find myself with myself. In competition, I hear nothing once we start. Then I perceive only the sound of water. Sometimes I go in a trance, and when I touch, it's like I woke up."




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Age: 24 years old
Birthday: June 9, 1992
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthplace: Nimes, France


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