3×3 World Champion Marie-Yves Paget “On a Little Cloud”

We are all on cloud nine, more or less aware of what just happened, even if it was celebrated as it should! Now, put our commitments to press conferences, etc. Less fun stuff (laughs)!

In the final, she quickly took the lead before the Canadians returned. How did you experience this encounter?

Our start was very good, which made it possible to change it and secure a particular pillow. It was expensive though…

We are all on cloud nine, more or less aware of what just happened, even if it was celebrated as it should! Now, put our commitments to press conferences, etc. Less fun stuff (laughs)!

In the final, she quickly took the lead before the Canadians returned. How did you experience this encounter?

Our start was very good, which made it possible to change it and secure a particular pillow. However they have been very expensive in terms of energy and Canada is a great team, so we have been waiting for them to come back. We never panicked, despite so many mistakes that we had to play down the aggressiveness in defence. But overall the game was under control.

How did you deal with the size deficit compared to Canadians?

It wasn’t necessarily a defect. Adults are less mobile, and it is easier to attack them in one encounter. Hortense Limousine showed it very well by being unmissable. We have demonstrated that even by playing a “little ball” with two small structures, big things are possible.

Did you face the best team of the tournament in the final?

(Hesitates) No. I think the two hardest line-ups to maneuver for us are Spain and China, who have the files with a lot of control. The Chinese are very physical, and it is always difficult to negotiate with them. The Spaniards are our greatest enemies. They play basketball very well, very well together. We kept our cool against these two teams, but it’s true that we scared ourselves a little more than that. Especially against Spain.

Is there a sense of revenge after fourth place in the Tokyo Olympics?

For adults like Letitia Gabo and myself, there is a form of revenge. We lost to China in the small final, and the fact that they were taken out in the second half avenged us a bit. We had lost the Euro final in France to the Spaniards…but that past does not belong to the whole team that was joined by Hortense Limousine and Myriam Decondad. What matters is what we have to write.

For old men like Laetitia Guapo and me, there is a form of revenge.

The new two were perfectly integrated into the team?

Yes, but it’s not entirely new. Miriam and Hortense are regulars in 3×3. They played with the U23 team, we never played together but we met a few times in training. Their association, combined with what I have with Laëtitia, means that the automated mechanisms were created very easily. They did not hide and did not take long to adapt. They are great heroes.

Speaking of team cohesion, the boys played their matches alongside yours. Were you able to follow up on your mutual meetings?

3×3 large family. We start all competitions together. Once we could catch up on their games, we did. We lose and win together. The fact that both teams brought home a big medal. We were preparing for the final when they were playing for the bronze, so we could only swipe a header once in a while to see the score. They went after her with their courage, only three players. We suffered with them.

Their extended extra time must have disrupted your warm-up…

Yes, but for Canada too. I only had one idea: that they were leaving with charms around their necks, I was assuring them. They were hurting, and the overtime went on forever. It was the longest match in 3×3 history. They did and honestly, it’s awesome.

Many are talking about the golden season for Guabo, but you yourself have just tied the French Championship 2021, the French Cup 2022 and now the World Cup …

The last two seasons are rich in strong emotions but also negative ones. Getting fourth place in the Olympics was really painful. I still think I’m lucky to have had all these experiences, both joys and sorrows. Few of us experience it. I will never forget those two years.

All this bodes well for the Paris Olympics in 2024…

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