Marine Debauve: from Artistic Gymnastics to Tumbling

French gymnast Marine Debauve has entered the history books of gymnastics after taking a bronze medal at the 2010 World Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling Championships here yesterday. Debauve is not new to podiums since she was the 2005 European All Around Champion in artistic gymnastics; but she is a newcomer to Tumbling World Championships. She started tumbling in the spring of 2009 after competing at her second Olympic Games in Bejing. In less than two years in the sport, Marine qualified fourth into the World Championships final, behind the untouchable Russians Anna Korobeynikova and Elena Krasnokutskaya and the talented British Zara McLean. Always a regular and tough competitor, Debauve delivered in the finals and benefited from McLean’s underperformance in the seconed tumbling run. Finally, the French medalled at home soil.
Always under the shadow of teammate and Olympic gold winner on uneven bars Emilie Lepennec, Debauve was a key gymnast in that talented and successful generation of French gymnasts and had the highest-ever All Around finish for a French gymnast at 2004 Athens Olympics, seventh position and the Olympic Diploma. The following year she won the All Around and silver beam medal at Europeans in Debrecen; but as she told the French newspaper Le Monde, she was ready to quit gymnastics as early as 2003. However, tumbling coach Didier Semmola encouraged her to experience the Olympic dream and she decided to pursue it. After Athens, she tried diving but it was not what she expected. Tired of years of high level training and repetition after repetition, diving was not a good fit for her; so Debuave decided to give a last try to gymnastics when she saw there was room for her in the 2008 Olympic French team. After a succesful come back to gymnastics and competing in in her second Olympic Games in Beijing, still a rarity in women’s gymnastics, Debauve jumped to the tumbling discipline. Marine told Le Monde: “I wanted to finish my sporting career in something fun;” she has experienced the different approach and training methods in tumbling compared to artistic gymnastics, a more relaxed way to finish a very succesful gym career.
Marine Debauve qualification tumbles at 2010 World Championships:

Final results: