Laurent Vidal dies aged 31 in his home Sète.
By Alberto Trillo
The news of the death of Vidal has particularly overwhelmed us for reasons that do not fit into these lines. It is a paradox that destiny, in whom he believed, would afford such an early end to a person full of dreams, vital, passionate and energetic. "An eternal optimist", as he described himself.
Pontoon was fortunate to interview Laurent a few months ago. The response we received from readers was massive: his words had liked and interested much. During the interview, Laurent gave us a lesson about life and triathlon, triathlon and life, within reach of very few. Fortunately and unfortunately.
For that reason, we would like to pay our humble homage to the French with an anthology selection of the lessons he passed on to us during that hour of intense and passionate chat.
This genius of the triple effort departs very young, leaving behind him a great legacy for those of us who are passionate about life, and who choose sport as a way to live it.
Elite triathlon is as an artistic process that goes beyond stats and the tangible. “training and competing is an art”
“In elite sport, you have to feel what you do; you have to have a special sensitivity. Unfortunately, nowadays, with all the technology we have at our disposal, we always try to turn things that are barely tangible into stats.”
“When you feel strong, it’s impossible to explain it with stats; it’s something that goes deeper than that. In other words, there’s nothing rational about arriving at an Olympic starting line and believing you’re going to win and that you’re in the best shape of your life.”
“As they say in English, you have to allow yourself to say “not yet”. You have to give yourself time to perform to your best and, along the way, understand that you have to be happy day to day in order to achieve the results.”
“We’re always judged by the result, but the reality is that the result and performance don’t happen by chance; rather, they are the logical consequence of what we do day to day.”
“When things are done well, the result always comes.”
“I’ve given everything I can and I’m at peace. I was looking for perfection; I got up every day because I wanted to be the world number one and I did everything I could to complete my sporting masterpiece.”
“What happened a year ago, if it happens when you’re young, it changes the way you see life. It takes on another meaning. You begin to appreciate insignificant things like having a coffee or going for a walk.”
Most proud of. “It’s not a moment as such, but the process of learning to be the best, believing I could be the best in the world and not being able to complain about anything, because I did the best I could. In my life, my biggest source of pride is having found Andrea.”
“Really, the worst thing about all this is that I didn’t choose it. But I’d like to think that if this has happened, it’s for a reason. Basically, I believe in my fate.”
Our hearts go out to Andrea and Laurent's family and friends.
Rest in peace, Laurent.