Whenever it starts to seem to you that flossing your teeth every day like your Fort Lauderdale dentist wants you to is an Olympic feat, consider this: Pierre LeCoq is a dentist who also has time for pursuing his dream: winning an Olympic medal at the next summer Olympics.
Although windsurfing and dentistry might seem like an unlikely combination, per Olympic.org, Le Coq already has two world titles to his name and won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janiero, Brazil Olympics in 2016. He has set his sights on doing even better at Tokyo, Japan summer Olympics in 2020.
“Every time I look at my bronze medal from Rio I feel inspired,” said Le Coq. “I hope that I can improve the color next time.”
Le Coq first started windsurfing with his family at age 11 at his local club in Saint Brieuc. By the time he was 17, he was junior world champion, and went on to win his second world title the next year.
Then he took a break start his training to become a dentist before returning to the sport after he finished his studies.
He then won a World Cup bronze medal in 2012 and a European championship bronze the following year. In 2014, he won his first World Cup event.
Tokyo will host the summer Olympics for the second time from July 24 to August 9, 2020. The first Japanese games were held in the country’s capital in 1964, the first games held in Asia. According to the organizers of the 2020 games, the 32nd Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organized, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow).”
In 2020, the country will host its fourth Games. Japan also hosted the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.