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Maude Charron rediscovers the pleasure of training and has new goals

In an interview in December in her garage; the athlete says it was very difficult for her to regain enough motivation to train after the Olympics.

: aller aux Jeux, faire Xperformances, mais là, gagner une médaille d’or olympique, qu’est-ce qu’il y a après? Il n’y a pas de notoriété plus grande, il n’y a pas de prix plus grand pour un athlète amateur”,”text”:”Parce qu’on s’entraîne avec un objectif, un but précis: aller aux Jeux, faire Xperformances, mais là, gagner une médaille d’or olympique, qu’est-ce qu’il y a après? Il n’y a pas de notoriété plus grande, il n’y a pas de prix plus grand pour un athlète amateur”}}”>Because we train with a goal; a precise goal: go to the Games; do X performances; but there; win an Olympic gold medal; what’s next? There is no greater fame; there is no greater prize for an amateur athleteshe argues.

Maude Charron says she needed a new lens.

« I wanted to train for fun. […]. It is to rediscover; a little; the passion for sport. »

A quote from Maude Charron; Olympic Weightlifting Champion

I wanted to want to go there; have fun training; which I haven’t had for several years; because one goes out of obligation; training; it’s my job. Like everyone; sometimes we are not tempted to return to work; She continues.

Back to school

Maude Charron is now a full-time student at the National Police Academy in Nicolet.

She explains that this back to school allowed her to be brought back to earth quickly after his triumph at the Tokyo Games.

versus le sport professionnel. C’est vraiment deux mondes différents. Ça m’a permis de faire le switch [le changement] rapidement. Des fois, on est tellement concentré sur quelque chose que ça en vient obsessionnel, alors que là, je peux [focaliser] ailleurs; ce sont d’autres gens avec d’autres vécus différents”,”text”:”C’est aussi un changement de communauté; c’est complètement autre chose, la police versus le sport professionnel. C’est vraiment deux mondes différents. Ça m’a permis de faire le switch [le changement] rapidement. Des fois, on est tellement concentré sur quelque chose que ça en vient obsessionnel, alors que là, je peux [focaliser] ailleurs; ce sont d’autres gens avec d’autres vécus différents”}}”>It is also a change ofjournaltimemunity; it’sjournaltimepletely different; the police versus professional sport They are really two different worlds. Allowed me to do the change [le changement] quickly. Sometimes we are so focused on something that it bjournaltimees obsessive; when I can [focaliser] somewhere else; these are other people with different experiences; emphasizes the athlete.

« It allows me to change air; take a lot of pressure off myself. »

A quote from Maude Charron; Olympic Weightlifting Champion

Maude Charron adds; however; that she still receivesjournaltimepliments from her colleagues; police officers; and teachers.

I get a lot of praise from the police. So; it brings me back to what I experienced this summer; because we ended up forgetting it.; she says.

He maintains that this return to school allowed him to escape; in a way; from the attention he had received since his return.

« I was honked at Rimouski when I walked with my dog. I was not well in there … When I went to Nicolet; I isolated myself a little from all that; and that did me good. »

A quote from Maude Charron; Olympic Weightlifting Champion

I had a lot; a lot; a lot when I got back; although I wasn’t used to it. In weightlifting; we rarely get a lot of attention; and here it was just the opposite.; specifies the athlete.

Towards the Commonwealth Games and the job market

Maude Charron wants to participate in the Commonwealth Games in England next summer.

She says she stays fit to participate by training three times a week; as directed by her coach.

This more flexible formula allows you tojournaltimebine your training with your demanding studies.

He then wanted to pursue another goal: tojournaltimebine his career as a police officer with his career as an athlete.

I want to keep training andjournaltimepeting in weightlifting for fun; go for me; not for another; she says.

Maude Charron, her gold medal around her neck.

Maude Charron wishes to pursue a new goal: tojournaltimebine her careers as a police officer and as an athlete (archives).

Photo: Radio-Canada / Charles Contant

The athlete adds that it is too early to say whether she will covet a new Olympic gold medal; as it is not yet known whether weightlifting will be one of the Olympic disciplines featured at the Paris Games in 2024.

As for the next gold medal; I don’t want to pressure myself as I didn’t want to pressure myself to have a medal going [à Tokyo]. I wanted to have my first experience of the Games. So; if I go back to the Games; it will be to live a Games experience without COVID; argues Maude Charron.

However; he assures that he will go to Paris with his family; either as an athlete or as a spectator.

Back on his victorious day

The athlete recalled how it was the day she won her gold medal.

la journée. Tu peux te lever sur le mauvais pied, avoir mal dormi, etc. Mais [ce jour-là, pour moi], tout allait bien. Mes essais ont bien été; le début de la compétition a bien été, ma pesée aussi; mon poids corporel, la gestion du poids, ç’a bien été”,”text”:”C’est la journée où tu espères que tout va bien aller. C’est la journée. Tu peux te lever sur le mauvais pied, avoir mal dormi, etc. Mais [ce jour-là, pour moi], tout allait bien. Mes essais ont bien été; le début de la compétition a bien été, ma pesée aussi; mon poids corporel, la gestion du poids, ç’a bien été”}}”>This is the day you hope everything is going to be okay. This the day time. You can get up on the left foot; have slept badly; etc. Corn [ce jour-là, pour moi]; everything was going well. My tests went well; the start of thejournaltimepetition was good; my weigh-in too; my body weight; weight control; has been goodshe remembers.

« He still had a lot to do. All my attention was there. All my energies; the last four years that I worked; were there. These were the last 10 seconds he had to give. »

A quote from Maude Charron; Olympic Weightlifting Champion

Maude Charron adds that she did not know where the load she was going to lift was going to place her in the standings; since it is her coach who takes care of these details in thejournaltimepetition.

: “c’est une barre pour l’or”. Je ne savais pas si c’était une expression ou vraiment la médaille d’or, mais je savais au moins que ça allait me donner une bonne place”,”text”:”Quand je suis montée sur la plateforme, j’avais des œillères, et mes œillères regardaient juste la barre que j’avais à lever. Avant, on m’avait dit: “c’est une barre pour l’or”. Je ne savais pas si c’était une expression ou vraiment la médaille d’or, mais je savais au moins que ça allait me donner une bonne place”}}”>When I got to the platform; I had my blinders on and my blinders were only looking at the bar I had to climb. Before they had told me: “it is a gold ingot”. I didn’t know if it was a phrase or really the gold; but I knew that at least it was going to give me a good place.; She continues.

Canadian weightlifter Maude Charron wears a barbell on her shoulders.

Maude Charron raising the bar that gave her victory (archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Chris Graythen

The athlete adds that when she heard her coach yelling and the small crowd present; she realized that she had ajournaltimeplished something quite important. secondes”,”text”:”Ç’a été beaucoup d’émotions en 10secondes”}}”>It was a lot of emotions in 10 seconds.; she says.

Set goals to achieve your dreams

Asked how she would explain to young people where to find the courage to fulfill their dreams; Maude Charron replied that it is about making a contract with yourself.

« First; is to write them [ses rêves]; write them down on a piece of paper. It is already a bit like a personal contract that you make with yourself. »

A quote from Maude Charron; Olympic Weightlifting Champion

Then add that this paper should be placed in a visible place; for example; the bedside table or the mirror in the bathroom.

Maude Charron indicates that it is also necessary to know the reasons why this or that dream is pursued.

: pourquoi tu fais ça? Pourquoi tu veux atteindre cet objectif-là? Le fais-tu pour toi ou tu le fais pour quelqu’un d’autre?”,”text”:”[Il faut] savoir le pourquoi: pourquoi tu fais ça? Pourquoi tu veux atteindre cet objectif-là? Le fais-tu pour toi ou tu le fais pour quelqu’un d’autre?”}}”>[Il faut] know why: why are you doing that? Why do you want to achieve this goal? Do you do it for yourself or do you do it for someone else? she explains.

Maude Charron looks at the ceiling after having achieved an elevator.

Maude Charron indicates that she had placed symbols of the Olympic Games all over her house to remind her of her goal on a regular basis (files).

Photo: Getty Images / Chris Graythen

Setting smaller goals can also help you stay motivated.

For example; she says that it was difficult for her to stay motivated by training alone in a garage; in the middle of the confinement.

He adds that that period was also difficult because he did not have a specific short-term goal; since thejournaltimepetitions were canceled.

It was a bit hazy. We did not know what was going to happen to the Games. Did ranking matter or was he going to have to start from scratch? remember the athlete.

Maude Charron states that she and her coach gave each other small goals per movement to meet each month; to increase loads; and that those goals allowed her to remove a bit the great nothing of the rankings and the Games.

(From an interview with Denis Leduc)


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