Athletica Number 5 hit the newsstands in early March, just a few days before lockdown.
As we locked up our bodies, between amazement and chaos, it was hard to speak out.
Athletica decided to press pause, step back and wait until today to introduce it to you.
In these last few weeks, both interminable and paradoxically so fast, who has not felt at least once the ground slipping away from under their feet.
In the face of the crisis, our guests are an immense source of inspiration. I am thinking first of all of our young mountaineer Tom Lafaille. He skis on a steep slope. Equipped with an ice axe, ropes and touring skis, he opens up routes. This mountain jargon suddenly leaves me dreamy and … optimistic. Facing the void, facing the unknown, we know how to let ourselves slide and then let fly a good blow with the ice axe. Let us hang on, keep our balance and, to invent a future, let us become the title of this issue: Audacious!
We have always thought of our magazine as an object for the long term. This spring issue has become a spring/summer 2020 issue.
The snow has melted a little since then …but the words of our guests remain intact. We are fresher than ever.
In this issue we have three cover stories: The Italian volleyball player Paola Egonu. A committed woman, she was voted Woman of the Year by Le Corriere della Serra. We met her in her stadium, the Pallazo Verde in Treviso. Between two planes, the boxer Younes Bendjima, king of social networks, gave us an appointment in one of the beautiful sports halls of Paris, the Usine Saint Lazare. And we meet one of the hopefuls of French cinema, actor Anthony Bajon in a fashion series accompanied by an interview with Laurent Rigoulet. And if the cinemas are still closed, by going on our website you will have all the information to find his films available in streaming.
We are inaugurating a website renovated by a series of podcasts. In partnership with the Willie Beamen agency, we give you the word of our greatest athletes: in the face of the inevitable, how do we find inner peace, take a step back, let go and take that break?
We have chosen to devote a large portfolio to Damien Jalet. He is one of the most gifted choreographers of his generation. His last two creations, Vessel, and Madonna’s tour were unfortunately interrupted in Paris by the closure of theatres. Here are a few pictures of them.
On the training side, you’ll find a dossier by the Breton photographer and firefighter, Juliette Herledan Le Merdy. She made a tour of our favourite Parisian coaches in their gym. Moreover, these rooms, before reopening have competed in online creativity. Our coaches have some ideas. Don’t hesitate to write to us at rédaction@athletica.media. We will take it from there.
On the travel side, whatever the limitations for the summer, think of the Alps! Think of Chamonix! And follow the guide… We introduce you to the Poncet family. The son, Armand had accompanied me on a story for one of our colleagues, Sport & Style, the UTMB (Ultratrail du Mont Blanc) last September. In this issue he introduces us to his father, a mountain climber, his mother, a mountain leader, and his little sister Heidi, a future ski champion.
Let’s find inspiration again and remain audacious.
Many thanks to Armani who has supported the Athletica adventure from the beginning, Tommy Hilfiger Sport, Mountain Hardwear and Savoie Mont Blanc Tourisme without whom this issue would not have been possible.