What moves me | Samir Ait Said: Finding Strength in Pain

The French gymnast, who features in our original series 'What Moves Me', reflects on his lockdown experience, how Covid-19 had an impact on his training, and what the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics meant for him.

Samir ait said

Samir Ait Said, French artistic gymnast, suffered a severe leg injury at Rio 2016. Through a difficult comeback, while also dealing with the loss of his father, he shares the emotional journey he has been on in the last four years. From long rehabilitation to a painful mourning, he never gave up his Olympic dream and managed to find strength from his pain.


Presented in partnership with ToyotaWhat Moves Me features inspirational lessons from world-class Team Toyota athletes who share their stories about overcoming common personal barriers and starting their own impossible. The digital series was produced exclusively for Toyota and the Olympic Channel by JustSo, an award-winning and independent creative studio based in London.

In the premiere episode of What Moves Me, U.S. Olympic gold medallist diver David Boudia details his struggles competing at the elite level with disappointment at the Beijing Games leading him into depression and suicidal thoughts as he lost his sense of purpose. Olympic gold did not come easy and Boudia shares that the key to his success is not to focus on the result, but to value the journey and enjoy life to its fullest potential by finding a balance.


Additional episodes feature athletes from around the world who share their experiences of overcoming life’s challenges including Australian wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott, New Zealand pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart, Brazilian blind footballer Ricardo Alves, Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe and Japanese para-long jumper Hajimu Ashida.

Click here to watch the full series of What Moves Me.

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