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AIT SAID Samir
France
FRA
Title
Mr
Lastname
AIT SAID
Firstname
Samir
Gender
male
Country
France
Place of birth
Champigny-sur-Marne
Year of birth
1989 (32 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Sam (ffgym.com, 28 Oct 2011)
Hobbies
Music, cinema, mixed martial arts, boxing, visiting amusement parks and zoos. (ffgym.fr, 15 Sep 2019)
Occupation
Athlete
Education
Physiotherapy - National School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Saint-Maurice, FRA
Family
Partner Sandy, daughter Mia [2021]
Spoken languages
English, French
Club
Olympique Antibes Juan les Pins Gymnastique [France]
Coach
Rodolphe Bouche [personal], FRA, from 2015
Injuries
He competed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with a muscle injury in his left biceps sustained during training. (lequipe.fr, 11 Aug 2021, 04 Aug 2021; leparisien.fr, 02 Aug 2021)

A biceps injury prevented him from competing at the 2021 European Championships in Basel, Switzerland. (rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 23 Jul 2021)

A minor shoulder injury prevented him from competing at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (gymandnews.com, 27 Jun 2018)

A torn chest muscle prevented him from competing at the 2018 World Cup event in Doha, Qatar. (actu.fr, 18 May 2018)

He fractured his left tibia and fibula [lower leg] while performing on vault during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The injury kept him out of action until mid-2017. (Olympics Twitter page, 07 Aug 2017; gymandnews.com, 24 Jul 2017)

He sustained three fractures to his right tibia [lower leg] after falling from the vault in the team competition at the 2012 European Championships in Montpellier, France. The injury required him to have surgery and to stop training for six months. It also forced him to miss the 2012 Olympic Games, which he attended as a spectator. (francetvsport.fr, 18 Apr 2015; lequipe.fr, 16 Apr 2015; codesport.fr, 11 Nov 2013; bfmtv.com, 15 Apr 2015)
National Team
2004 (ffgym.com, 28 Oct 2011)
Start sporting career
He took up gymnastics in 1996 at age six in Champigny-sur-Marne, France. (ffgym.com, 28 Oct 2011; bfmtv.com, 15 Apr 2015; rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 23 Jul 2021)
Reason for taking up the sport
His father, a black belt in karate, wanted him to practise judo, but he chose gymnastics because he liked it at school. (rfi.fr, 01 Mar 2016; rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 23 Jul 2021)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (lequipe.fr, 04 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
French footballer Zinedine Zidane. (rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 23 Jul 2021)
Philosophy / Motto
"When you have a goal in life you have to believe in yourself and persevere." (Olympics Twitter page, 07 Aug 2017)
Awards
He and French judoka Clarisse Agbegnenou were named France's flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lequipe.fr, 06 Jul 2021)

At the 2019 European Championships in Szczecin, Poland, he received the Shooting Star award, presented to gymnasts with an exceptional story who are an inspiration for the future generation of gymnasts. (ecszczecin2019.eu, 13 Apr 2019)
Additional information
General
MEDAL PROMISE
He is motivated to win a medal at the Olympic Games to fulfil a promise he made to his late father. "My dad passed away in February [2019] so I stopped my gymnastics training for almost three months. I want to [win] an Olympic medal for my father as I promised him. I will show my medals to my father at his grave. The medal is not only my dream, it was also my father's dream." (acrobaticsports.com, 29 Jun 2019)

OLYMPIC DISAPPOINTMENTS
A series of injuries have prevented him from performing at his best at the Olympic Games. He was unable to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and then sustained a leg fracture while competing in Rio de Janeiro four years later. At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, an arm injury sustained three days before competing in the rings final once again affected his performance as he finished in fourth place. "It's tough because I deserve this fourth place. It's tough because I have worked so much and done many sacrifices. It's tough because I could not perform as I wanted. But I am not cursed because I will win in Paris [at the 2024 Olympic Games]. I am not cursed. Today I did not deserve to win, but it's not finished yet!" (challenges.fr, 21 Jul 2021; leparisien.fr, 02 Aug 2021)

HERITAGE
His family is from Kabylie, a region in northern Algeria. "I'm proud of my origins. Kabylie is the land of my ancestors, but I'm also proud to wear the French national colours." (rfi.fr, 01 Mar 2016)

MARTIAL ARTS PASSION
He is an enthusiast practitioner of martial arts, including mixed martial arts [MMA]. In 2021, in the leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he added kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu sessions to his training routine. "I love combat sports since I was a young boy. I like MMA and have plenty of friends who are professional fighters." (challenges.fr, 21 Jul 2021; rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 23 Jul 2021)

Last update : 2021-10-08

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

Still Rings
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.900
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.066

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
80
Score Qualif.
28.399 
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.533
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
257.211
Test Events Olympic Games

2016 - Aquece Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier (Test Event) RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
89
Score Qualif.
44.832 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
40
Score Qualif.
14.366
Still Rings
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.600
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
346.583
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Championships

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
203
Score Qualif.
39.566 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
191
Score Qualif.
11.366
Still Rings
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.800
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.700
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
245.127

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
171
Score Qualif.
14.966 
Still Rings
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.258
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.966

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
241
Score Qualif.
42.765 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
206
Score Qualif.
12.466
Still Rings
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.633
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.566
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
344.859

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
254
Score Qualif.
44.499 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
90
Score Qualif.
14.333
Still Rings
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.566
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.666
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
343.385

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
191
Score Qualif.
15.566 
Still Rings
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.566

2009 - 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
200
Score Qualif.
15.350 
Still Rings
Rank Final
7
Score Final
15.250
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.350
World Cup qualifying for OG

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 DOHA (QAT)

Still Rings
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.633
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.733

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 BAKU (AZE)

Still Rings
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.233
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.600

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 MELBOURNE (AUS)

Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
13.000

2018 - 43rd Turnier der Meister FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup COTTBUS (GER)

Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.900
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.066
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup PARIS (FRA)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.950
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.900

2018 - FIG World Challenge Cup PARIS (FRA)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.100
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.000

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup - 20th Internationaux de France 2017 PARIS (FRA)

Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.250
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.900

2016 - World Challenge Cup 2016 ANADIA (POR)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.600
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.700

2015 - World Challenge Cup 2015 LJUBLJANA (SLO)

Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.175
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.900
Continental Championships

2019 - 8th European Individual Championships SZCZECIN (POL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
128
Score Qualif.
14.600 
Still Rings
Rank Final
6
Score Final
14.733
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.600

2016 - 32nd European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
79
Score Qualif.
44.599 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
14.233
Still Rings
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.533
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.433
Team
Rank Final
6
Score Final
254.045
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
257.035

2015 - 6th European Individual Championships 2015 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
128
Score Qualif.
15.633 
Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.566
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.633

2014 - European Championships 2014 SOFIA (BUL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
89
Score Qualif.
44.566 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
14.466
Still Rings
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.766
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.400
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
14.700
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
258.892
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
259.779

2013 - 5th European individual Championships 2013 MOSCOW (RUS)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
116
Score Qualif.
15.366 
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.466
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.366