Pierre Carraz, historical coach of Christophe Lemaitre, has died

A few days after Gérard Lacroix’s death, another great training coach died. Pierre Carraz, 82, died in the night from Friday to Saturday, while his health had deteriorated recently. The trainer had suffered a stroke a few days ago.

He was one of the emblematic figures of the Aix-les-Bains club, and in particular the historic coach of Christophe Lemaitre, who together with him built one of the finest records in French sprinting: two Olympic medals (3rd in 4x100m in 2012 and 200m 2016), two world medals (3rd in 200m and 2nd in 4×100 in 2011), nine European medals including the unprecedented triple from Barcelona in 2010 (100m, 200m and 4x100m).

“Pierrot” Carraz, born in 1940, has worked all his life at Athletic Sport Aixois since 1955, the year of his first license. This all-rounder quickly became involved in the club and began training young people while passing by as his PE teacher. At the start of the 1970s, he, like a few other coaches at the club, had taken part in a major discovery business, which eventually became ASA’s strength. He then taught at Marlioz College, a stone’s throw from the Aix-les-Bains racecourse and its famous turf.

Lemaitre’s tribute to his coach

It was at the foot of Revard that Christophe Lemaitre flourished, guided there in 2005 by a first trainer who had seen him. ” Pierrot is the man who trained me, who best understood my potential and who was able to utilize my strengths to move forward and build the career I have today, recalled the sprinter, joined on Saturday, at the start of the evening. He is a trainer who has always been on the slopes. He was able to train young people, to push them. During training, when he was in good shape, we heard his voice across the stadium yelling at us to do the time. […] If we couldn’t, we were called “goat”, “lazy”, it was his way of pushing us. At first I had some problems because I was very shy and very reserved. »

Apart from Lemaitre, Carraz had brought athletes such as Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Manuel Reynaert or Rudy Zang to the highest level. For several years, and the arrival of Thierry Tribondeau to the duo (a collaboration that ended last June), Carraz had taken a step back and gradually found the shade he preferred to the light with the youth of Aix-les. – Bain’s club.

He was a man who asked himself a lot about training, Lemaitre added. He was always in his books and his notes to find solutions, to see what “had gone wrong”, as he said. He believed in me, in what I was capable of doing. It is something rare. »

To his family and loved ones, The team sends its deepest condolences.


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