Retiring from artistic gymnastics does not always mean retiring from sports.

Marine Debauve who became the first French gymnast to win an all around European title in 2005, moved to tumbling after ending her artistic gymnastics career in 2008. In 2010 she competed at the World championships and won her first and last medal in the World of tumbling. However, she retired shortly after the competition.

But tumbling is not the only sport Marine tried out after leaving artistic gymnastics. After her victory at the 2005 European championships, Marine retired from the sport stating that she could no longer handle elite training and moved on to diving but left after a few months. 

After two years of retirement from sports, Debauve resumed training and made the Beijing Olympic team where she helped her team to finish 7th in the team final competition. 

Debauve is considered to be the best all around gymnast France has ever produced, not only did she win the first and only all around European title for France but also placed 7th in the Olympic all around competition in 2004 which is the highest ranking ever achieved by a French gymnast at the Olympics.

After retiring from sports, she participated in Cirque Du Soliel.

At the 2010 World tumbling championships
In 2009

This video shows Debauve during her gymnastics and tumbling career and also during her participation at Cirque Du Soliel.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid


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