12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day 12

Frances Benoit Caranobe is gunning for 2009.

France's Benoit Caranobe is gunning for 2009.

Benoit Caranobe, France: Gymnastics fans know his name, but until then probably didn’t know too much else about him. There’s nothing like a come-from-nowhere Olympic all-around bronze to make people take notice of you — and to heighten the expectations for the next season.

To take a page from the excellent Triple Full blog, here’s a Dec. 28 article from Reuters regarding Caranobe and his plans for the future (there’s wine involved).

Caranobe, somewhat like Vanessa Ferrari pre-2006, does not train in ideal conditions. According to the article, Caranobe has to split his training between several gyms in order to work out on different pieces of equipment.

Caranobe gets ready to live a delicate season

COURCHEVEL (Savoy) (Reuters) – Owing to his work in Insep, gymnast Benoît Caranobe, bronze medalist in Beijing, is today obliged to run from room to room to be able to train correctly.

Third in the all-around competition of the Games, the gymnast from Noisy-le-Grand is not up in arms, however.

“To be at the top in general competition, the ideal is to work the six apparatuses in the same session. But this season, owing to work in Insep, that will be impossible,” he explains.

So the all-arounder will pass from gymnasium to gymnasium between Noisy-le-Grand, in Seine Saint-Denis, and Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, in Val-de-Marne, in spite of the presence of the students and the absence of a pit in which to work his new elements.

“The first challenge will therefore be to learn skills on a hard surface without hurting myself. Second, to continue going up on the podium even if I am going to be waiting [editing note: I assume he means waiting a long time before beginning his routine]. When I raise my arm, it will consequently be necessary me to assure my rank,” he says.

A future cellarman

At the end of three difficult years interspersed by injuries, Caranobe, 28, expects new difficulties.

“Not only am I going to have less parallel parkings, [?] they won’t be stretchy. And because of my great age, I have to take more and more time to warm up my rusty body,” he says with humor.

His first international all-around competition will be at the renowned American Cup on Feb. 21 in Chicago. Then in April in Milan, the man from Noisy would well like to carry off the title at the European Championships. In 2004, the French team acquired a bronze medal there.

Oct. 12-18 at the World Championships in London, Caranobe would like to “well confirm” his Olympic medal, or to show that he can also be “a specialist of all apparatuses.”

Between Milan and London, the Mediterranean Games, June 26-July 5 at Pescara in Italy, will be of use for “preparation and regulation.”

In 2009, Caranobe will also launch another challenge — that of assuring his arrears. In order to do that, this son of an Alpine ex-hunter will open a winecellar in Noisy-le-Grand.

The treasure of the future cellarman will be principally composed of vineyards harvested by the ancient big names of French sports.

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2 Responses to “12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day 12”

  1. Rick McCharles Says:

    Are you going to put a summary post together, Blythe?

    All 12?

  2. 12 to watch in 2009 — a recap « The Gymblog Says:

    […] Wieber, USA Alexy Bilozerchev, USA Tatiana Nabieva, Russia Nathan Gafuik, Canada Cui Jie, China Benoit Caranobe, France Mesmerizing Russian junior Aliya […]

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