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Charlotte BONNET
Sport Swimming
NOC France   
GenderWomen
Born14 Feb 1995 in Enghien-les-Bains, FRA
Height1.75 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Jeremy Desplanches
Residence
Nice, FRA
Occupation
Police Athlete
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Her mother took her swimming as a baby in Brest, France. At age nine she joined the Nautique Brestois swimming club.
Why this sport?
Her parents were both swimmers and encouraged their children into the sport.
Club / Team
Olympic Nice Natation: France
Name of coach
Fabrice Pellerin [club], FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Chacha (pressagence.fr, 28 Apr 2013)
Hobbies
Shopping, reading, cooking. (Twitter profile, 23 Oct 2020; beinsports.com, 06 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a national record in the 100m freestyle at the 2018 French National Championships in Saint-Raphael, and winning four medals at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (lequipe.fr, 26 May 2018; lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Fabrice Pellerin. "He gives 150% of his time to swimming. When you have a coach like that, as a swimmer, you want to invest more and show them your best." (sport24.lefigaro.fr, 22 Jul 2019, 10 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
French swimmer Laure Manaudou. (7magazine.re, 13 Jan 2010)
Injuries
In the lead-up to the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, she was troubled by shoulder inflammation. She competed in Gwangju despite the injury. (leparisien.fr, 21 Jul 2019; ouest-france.fr, 14 Dec 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can be in a period of sadness, but you must never lose sight of your goal and your dreams. Mine is to be an Olympic champion, and I will never abandon it." (Bridgestone Europe YouTube channel, 10 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
She received the French National Order of Merit in 2012. (legifrance.gouv.fr, 01 Jan 2013)
Famous relatives
Her partner Jeremy Desplanches is also a swimmer and represented Switzerland at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. He competed in the 200m and 400m individual medleys at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimswam.com, 24 Apr 2020; Instagram profile, 13 Aug 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 12 May 2021)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Bridgestone Europe YouTube channel, 10 Sep 2019)
Other information
PSYCHOLOGIST
After she was disappointed with her performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she began working with French sports psychologist Myriam Selmi. "I was in a hole. I wanted to quit swimming after the Games. I lost the joy of competition." She was also struggling to deal with the death of former teammate Camille Muffat, who died in a helicopter accident in 2015. "I was incapable of talking about her without crying. I wouldn't say I was depressed, because some people live through far harder things, but I experienced some depressing phases. Thanks to Myriam I could get rid of certain things." She went on to win four medals [three gold, one bronze] at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. "In Glasgow I talked to Myriam three times. It is often forgotten how important mental and psychological aspects are for athletes. All athletes should work with a sports psychologist. I would never have been European champion without Myriam." (lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)

TAEKWONDO
In 2017 she began incorporating taekwondo into her training routine. "It was an idea of my coach [Fabrice Pellerin] because I once told him I wanted to break my routine. It's very hard but I learn a lot. It allows me to develop my aggressiveness, something practically non-existent in swimming. That has helped me to look my rivals in their eyes. I learn also to receive blows and I work with other muscles." (lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is a non-commissioned officer in the French gendarmerie and has been part of the gendarmerie's athlete division since 2014. In 2017 she was named an ambassador for sport in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. (leparisien.fr, 09 Jun 2020; departement06.fr, 09 Feb 2017; Centre National des Sports de la Defense YouTube channel, 01 Jun 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied to become a veterinary assistant. (Instagram profile, 27 May 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:57.35
15 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 54.10
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:58.15
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 54.54
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:56.29
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.45
Heats 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 55.12
3 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:47.49
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 1:56.95
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 53.62
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle  DNS
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:22.11
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:56.62
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.77
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:57.01
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 54.15
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:38.46
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:55.98
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Freestyle 1:57.56
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 55.15
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:48.43
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:52.22
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:54.02
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 52.77
5 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:36.32
3 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.89
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:56.55
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.92
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:59.45
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 1:54.95
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 53.35
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.65
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:53.86
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:22.07
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:59.85
3 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:56.51
4 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 54.01
3 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:25.49
4 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:38.29
7 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 54.96
7 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:58.22
5 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:40.21
5 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:55.36
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:06.19
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 51.65
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:52.19
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 23.94
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:36.58
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.35
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.75
10 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 53.51
10 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
2 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:53.26
3 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Freestyle 53.23
2 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Freestyle 1:54.00
6 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:40.48 
34 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Individual Medley 2:15.79
13 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Freestyle 1:58.12
24 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Freestyle 25.38
23 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Freestyle 54.69
11 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:52.06
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:54.39
5 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 53.75
5 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:56.14
2 2012 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:55.14
4 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 53.86