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Damien CATTIN VIDAL
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC France   
GenderMen
Born12 Aug 1988 in Sens, FRA
Height1.81 m
Weight 69 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rouen, FRA
Occupation
Coach
Languages
French
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Rouen: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age six in Sens, France. He began training seriously at age 14.
Why this sport?

His parents signed him up to his first club because they wanted him to learn to swim. "In the beginning I swam for leisure, for the ambiance in the group and the pleasure of being with my friends. I started competition and serious training at age 14. My first coach was Frederic Elter-Lafitte until I was 18, and during those four years I discovered the joy of elite training and competitive swimming, and I learned a lot."
Club / Team
Club des Vikings de Rouen: France
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
France
General Interest
Nicknames
DCV (paris-normandie.fr, 10 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Alexander Popov. (arena.fr, 9 Sep 2011)
Injuries
He began to suffer discomfort during the national championships in June 2014. He was initially diagnosed with tendinitis, but it was later discovered he was being hampered by a hip injury. He underwent two operations in late 2014, but the injury was still causing him problems in 2015. (galaxienatation.com, 20 Jul 2015; paris-normandie.fr, 04 Jun 2015; paris-normandie.fr, 28 Jan 2015)

He suffered from tendinitis in his shoulders in 2009. (Team Arena, 14 Jul 2009)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive open water swimming in August 2016 after failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He took up a coaching position at the Vikings Swim Club in France. (lyonne.fr, 26 Aug 2016)

STUDIES
He has studied at the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada as well as studying sports science at the University of Rouen, France. (Facebook profile, 03 Nov 2016)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:19.8
9 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:38.4
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 55:26.3
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:27.4
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial 1:00:27.3
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
28 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:52:12.1
9 2012 Piombino, ITA 10km 1:57:59.3
5 2012 Piombino, ITA 5km - Team Time Trial 1:01:43.4
12 2011 Eilat, ISR 5 km 56:04.8
12 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:53:33.2
3 2011 Eilat, ISR 5km - Team Time Trial 57:41.1
22 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:55:49.8
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:47:51.50
11 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:47.15
7 2016 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:57.44
6 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:56:10
26 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:57:15.6
5 2015 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:09:01.1
27 2015 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:13.70
10 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:56:10.52
22 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:55:02.1
12 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:57:03.40
14 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:57:54.12