16 Feb 1995
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
SWM Swimming Women's 100m Backstroke  
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  


Start Time Location Event Status
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Biographical Information


Olympic Games
YearLocation100Free100Fly4x100Free W4x100Medley W
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRAH (54.80)H (58.93)7th (3:37.45)H (DSQ)

World Championships
YearLocation100Free50Back100Back50Fly100Fly4x100Free W4x100Free X4x100Medley W
2019Gwangju, KORSF (54.31)-H (1:01.45)-H (58.83)-3rd-
2017Budapest, HUN--H (1:02.24)SF (26.01)H (58.97)---
2015Kazan, RUSH (55.11)SF (28.30)H (1:01.91)SF (26.25)H (59.06)8th (3:38.46)-H (4:02.13)

European Championships
YearLocation100Free50Back4x100Free W4x100Free X
2018Glasgow, GBRH (55.29)5th (28.10)1st (3:34.65)1st

Free - Freestyle, Back - Backstroke, Breast - Breaststroke, Fly - Butterfly, IndMed - Individual Medley, SF - Semifinal, H - Heats, DNS - Did Not Start, M - Men, W - Women, X - Mixed, DSQ - Disqualified, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not swim in final
Queen Bee (, 09 Dec 2020)
Playing the drums, skateboarding, skiing. (, 31 Oct 2018, 05 Oct 2020)
Business Management - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
English, French, Italian
Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille [France]
Jason Calanog [personal]
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;, 17 May 2016;, 27 Jun 2015;, 05 Apr 2015;, 05 Apr 2015)
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. (, 05 Apr 2015)
She took up swimming at age eight, and began training seriously at age 16. (, 19 Jul 2015)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 26 Sep 2016)
Besides her pool training, she does three-hour strength training sessions in the gym three times a week. (, 05 Oct 2020)
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (, 19 Jul 2015)
"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." (, 19 Dec 2019)
She was named 2020 European Female Swimmer of the Year by swimming news website SwimSwam. (, 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. (, 14 Apr 2015;, 01 Sep 2018)

General Interest

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." (, 23 May 2018; SwimSwam YouTube channel, 31 Oct 2018;, 07 Dec 2019;, 19 Dec 2019)

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." (, 16 Sep 2020)

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." (, 09 Dec 2020)

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. (, 07 Feb 2019)

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