Page back
LORANDI Elodie
Sport Rowing, Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthCannes, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Residence
Antibes, FRA
Occupation
Armed Services, Athlete
Languages
French, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three.
Why this sport?
Her parents enrolled her in the sport as part of her rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Handisport Antibes Mediterranee: France
Name of coach
Regis Gautier [club], FRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
France
Location
Durban, RSA
General Interest
Nicknames
Didi (IPC, 04 Nov 2009)
Hobbies
Rowing, fashion, cuisine. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S10 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London; becoming a two-time world champion and a 10-time European champion. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018; sportmag.fr, 14 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and coach Regis Gautier. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. (IPC, 04 Nov 2009)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always takes a soft toy with her to competitions. (France 3 Provence-Alpes Cote d'Azur YouTube channel, 12 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Shut up and swim." (IPC, 04 Nov 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2013 she was named a Knight of the Legion of Honour in France following her performances at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (associationadrien.org, 21 Sep 2013)
Other sports
She competed in Para rowing at the 2018 French Indoor Rowing Championships in Paris. (worldrowing.com, 13 Feb 2018)
Impairment
She has restricted movement in her lower left leg as the result of a rare congenital illness. (France 3 Provence-Alpes Cote d'Azur YouTube channel, 12 Jun 2017; lejdd.fr, 04 Nov 2009)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
She had planned to retire from competition after the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. However, she did not take part in the event after it was rescheduled following an earthquake. She then decided she would compete at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. "It is inconceivable to stop here. That would be a failure. It would be like going on holiday and not being able to get on the plane even though I had the tickets in my hand," she said in September 2017. (enroutepourrio.eu, 02 Dec 2017; handisport.org, 29 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 50m Freestyle S10 29.59
6 2008 400m Freestyle S10 4:48.47
10 2008 100m Backstroke S10 1:18.05
4 2008 100m Butterfly S10 1:12.03
2 2008 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:39.28
3 2012 50m Freestyle S10 28.67
3 2012 100m Butterfly S10 1:09.08
1 2012 400m Freestyle S10 4:34.55
2 2012 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.09
5 2016 50m Freestyle S10 28.34
3 2016 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.13 
3 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:35.49
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2006 50m Freestyle S10 30.33
5 2006 100m Freestyle S10 1:04.68
5 2006 400m Freestyle S10 4:50.50
2 2006 100m Butterfly S10 1:11.33
1 2006 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:41.74
5 2006 5km Open Water 1:12:39
2 2010 100m Butterfly S10 1:09.09
3 2010 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:35.85
3 2010 100m Freestyle S10 1:02.42
3 2010 50m Freestyle S10 29.36
6 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:18.45
2 2010 5km Open Water S1-S10 1:06:48.05
2 2013 100m Freestyle S10 1:00.47
1 2013 400m Freestyle S10 4:32.79
3 2013 100m Butterfly S10 1:08.93
2 2013 50m Freestyle S10 28.35
7 2015 50m Freestyle S10 28.70
4 2015 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.36
2 2015 400m Freestyle S10 4:38.77
World Championships - Rowing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 PR3 Coxed Four 7:04.93
European Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 50m Freestyle S10 28.64
7 2014 100m Butterfly S10 1:12.21
1 2014 400m Freestyle S10 4:38.76
1 2014 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.05
2 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:35.54
3 2016 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.29
3 2016 50m Freestyle S10 28.53
7 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:35.62
3 2018 400m Freestyle S10 4:40.02
4 2018 50m Freestyle S10 28.98
2 2018 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.31