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Béryl GASTALDELLO
Sport Swimming
NOC France   
GenderWomen
Born16 Feb 1995 in Marseille, FRA
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
College Station, TX, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, Italian
Higher education
Business Management - Texas A&M University: College Station, TX, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age eight, and began training seriously at age 16.
Club / Team
Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille: France
Name of coach
Jason Calanog [personal]
Training Regime
Besides her pool training, she does three-hour strength training sessions in the gym three times a week.
General Interest
Nicknames
Queen Bee (leparisien.fr, 09 Dec 2020)
Hobbies
Playing the drums, skateboarding, skiing. (swimswam.com, 31 Oct 2018, 05 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (12thman.com, 19 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She was diagnosed with mononucleosis [glandular fever] four months before the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which ended her chances of competing at the Games. (laprovence.com, 05 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"From a young age, my parents, who were also swimmers, always told me not to forget that swimming is just a sport. I think that now more than ever I look at swimming like a game. I want to jump, move fast, beat the others around me. But, more importantly, I want to have fun." (isl.global, 19 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named 2020 European Female Swimmer of the Year by swimming news website SwimSwam. (swimswam.com, 30 Dec 2020)

While competing for Texas A&M University in the United States of America, she was named 2015 Southeastern Conference [SEC] Female Freshman of the Year. (12thman.com, 14 Apr 2015; a.espncdn.com, 01 Sep 2018)
Famous relatives
Both of her parents represented France in swimming. Her mother Veronique Jardin competed at the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games, and her father Eric Gastaldello competed at the 1983 European Championships in Rome, Italy. Her grandmother Amelie Mirkowitch also represented France in swimming at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 May 2021; swimswam.com, 17 May 2016; ffnatation.fr, 27 Jun 2015; laprovence.com, 05 Apr 2015; leparisien.fr, 05 Apr 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thebatt.com, 26 Sep 2016)
Other information
DEPRESSION
At the end of 2017 she suffered a bout of depression and anxiety that resulted in her taking a five-month break from the sport. "My head was in such a panic that I did not understand what was going on. I could not even concentrate on people. I could not hold a conversation. I went downhill for real and I realised I needed to make some changes." In late 2019 she said she was still dealing with mental health issues. "Without a doubt, I am a very different person now. It's not over, it takes time unfortunately, but recently it's been much better. It's the first year in two years I've been swimming from start to finish. There are still days I struggle. Sometimes I'm in control, and other times it's complicated, but the scales are tipping more and more towards control. I have reduced my medication, I think I am on the right track. I consult a psychiatrist and a psychologist almost every week." (lequipe.fr, 23 May 2018; SwimSwam YouTube channel, 31 Oct 2018; archyde.com, 07 Dec 2019; isl.global, 19 Dec 2019)

VERSATILE
In December 2019 she won medals in backstroke, freestyle and butterfly events at the European short course championships. In mid-2020 she said she was still to decide which stroke would be her focus for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I want to maintain this versatility, preserve it as long as possible, even if I'm performing at the highest level, I would no doubt have to make choices. For now, I don't want to close any doors. I will see how this second Olympic season [after the 2020 Games were postponed] will unfold. There will be lessons to be learned from my next short and long course competitions. This will then be the time to make choices." (tokyo2020.org, 16 Sep 2020)

US CITIZENSHIP
In 2014 she relocated to the United States of America to study at Texas A&M University in College Station. In December 2020 she said she was in the process of applying for US citizenship. "I was plunged into a culture that I like, but it is still not mine. I try to take the best out of both worlds. I began the paperwork to get residency in the United States and maybe dual citizenship. Let's say that I am 60% French and 40% American." (leparisien.fr, 09 Dec 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as a consultant for UniAthletes, a sports talent service that offers guidance to student-athletes and their families during the process of US university recruitment. (uniathletes.com, 07 Feb 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
23 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 1:00.69
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 54.80
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 58.93
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
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 58.83
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 1:01.45
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 54.31
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.97
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 1:02.24
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.01
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 28.30
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 1:01.91
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 26.25
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 55.11
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 59.06
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:38.46
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 28.10
18 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 55.29
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.65
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:22.07
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 59.40
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 26.93
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 1:04.09
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 29.17
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 56.55
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 26.03
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 24.78
8 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 24.00
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 51.85
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.17
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.86
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.21
6 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.85
10 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 1:01.21
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Backstroke 27.57
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Freestyle 25.06
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Butterfly 27.07
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 27.88