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Cross-country skiing: Valentin Chauvin talks about his retirement

On 26, the Jura Valentin Chauvinin particular author of a podium in the World Cup in the team sprint, has justannounce his retirement. It was after a very difficult winter 2021/2022, marked by burnout, that he decided to hang up his skis.

A few hours after the official announcement of the news, Valentin Chauvin confided in Nordic magazine to explain the deep reasons for the end of his career. maintenance.

  • Why did you make the decision to quit when you were only 26?

I think most of all I was tired of fighting myself. I was tired of a lot of things that had been going on for years and I didn’t have the energy to fight back for another year. Since it’s already July, I had to move on and, even if some races still wanted me, like the Les Rousses World Cup or the Planica Worlds, I decided to stop. Everything that belongs to the daily life of a top athlete did not appeal to me and no longer appealed to me. I like competition and sports, but I don’t want to do it every day anymore.

Valentin Chauvin (FRA) – Modica/NordicFocus
  • How do you explain it?

I think I was pulling too much on the rope. I didn’t know how to listen to myself and I don’t think I would be at this level of fatigue if I could have trusted myself at certain points in my career. Sometimes I should have said things to the coaches, like on certain sessions to get kicked out. This made it very difficult for me to sleep. With the cumulative years without sleeping too much, the body said stop last fall. I don’t see myself going on if I’m not 100%, and I always am.

“I knew I had the level to do good things, but the flame and desire went away this spring”Valentin Chauvin at Nordic Magazine

  • You explained that you had been considering quitting for a few years, but never took the plunge until this week: can you tell us a bit more about it?

After the 2018 Olympics, I had actually already asked myself to stop. In the spring I didn’t want to start again. It passed, but I had quite a few of those times where I questioned myself a lot. It was a mental puzzle to continue or not. Other things made me want it, but the results kept me at the highest level. I didn’t really think about those thoughts and then I had quite a few bouts of stress and anxiety that happened. It was a way of subconsciously telling me to stop. I didn’t want to listen to it and pulled too hard on the machine.

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Valentin Chauvin (FRA) – Thibaut/NordicFocus
  • It is not easy for an athlete who is at the beginning of his career and progressing to do less …

That is it ! I made progress and started to trust myself without fear of the result, like at the beginning of my career. I knew I had the level to do good things, but the flame and desire went away this spring. Mainly because of the previous Olympiad where I was under constant pressure between defending my yellow OPA Cup bib and proving myself in the World Cup. I was always between the two tracks and it was tough. It cost me a lot of energy. Afterwards I tell myself that I should have done it differently by saying no to certain World Cups or European Cups. I didn’t know how to communicate.

“I had good results, but I think I could have done better if I had trusted myself more”Valentin Chauvin at Nordic Magazine

  • Did the withdrawal from the federal collectives in the spring play a role in your decision?

Not at all. On the contrary, I was almost ready to make a preparation myself with things that suit me. In the French team there are financial and human resources that are nowhere else, but I wanted to try a training program in my sauce to see what it gave. But I didn’t find the energy for that.

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Valentin Chauvin (FRA) – Photo: Jolypics
  • When you look at what you’ve accomplished in the world of cross-country skiing, what do you say to yourself?

I had good results, but I think I could have done better if I had trusted myself more. For example, things didn’t sit well with me in training, like the altitude workouts that made me really tired, and that being said, maybe it would have been different. I also regret that I have rarely been at my best level in the World Cup because of my questions and the resulting lack of energy. I would have loved to see what I could have given with all my resources at the World Cup! It’s a bit of a shame that I didn’t make it to an individual podium, but that was my way of working.

“If one day I can pass on my experience through the committee, it will be with pleasure”Valentin Chauvin at Nordic Magazine

  • Do you first remember all the meetings and moments you spent as a team?

That’s it! All relays with the club, the committee and the French team, these are incredible moments. During the internship we had a good time, especially because we were together all year. These are necessarily moments that mark!

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Valentin Chauvin (FRA) – Photo: Jolypics
  • You were the face of cross-country skiing in the Jura: how do you see the future in the committee?

There have often been young people, well in the juniors, who stopped early in the Jura. I don’t know why, but we can’t keep talent. This year Rémi Bourdin and Eve-Ondine Duchaufour are in the French team, but there are never more like in Haute-Savoie. Perhaps that’s what’s missing, density. If one day I can pass on my experience through the committee, it will be with pleasure.

“I need to take a little break”Valentin Chauvin at Nordic Magazine

  • Besides, what will your future hold?

I really enjoyed being a monitor last winter. I love to send and coach, but I don’t know if I’m going there right away. I need to take a little break. I love to teach, I’ve been told many times that I’m made for it! I really thrive in that and if I can coach later to prevent young people from making my mistakes, that’s great.

  • in your message instagramexplained that you wanted to discover other sports: what are they?

I love tennis, I currently play it in tournaments! I also like cycling and running, endurance sports such as cross-country skiing. There is a lot of fun there!


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