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Marie-José Pérec: “Losing was almost dying”


A month and a few days before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Marie-José Pérec received us at her home in Paris to talk about only one subject: pressure. “She had become my ally, my great friend, my husband, my lover, and suddenly she became my enemy again”, declares the three-time Olympic champion and two-time world champion in the 200 and 400 m, in a rare confession, from the first “symptoms” of the 1989 French Championships to the final explosion of the Sydney 2000 Games.

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