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LE FUR Marie-Amelie
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthVend˘me, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64
Further Personal Information
Residence
Blois, FRA
Occupation
Driver
Languages
French
Higher education
Physiology - University of Poitiers: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first trained in athletics at age six. She began running with a prosthetic limb in 2005.
Why this sport?
"At first I wanted to participate in athletics because my sister had become involved, but I continued because I love the feeling of speed and lightness during races."
Club / Team
AJ Blois Onzain: France
Name of coach
Jean-Baptiste Souche, FRA; Steven Huet [fitness], FRA; Matthieu Benoist [mental coach], FRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Cooking. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming three gold medals at the Paralympic Games and three gold medals at the world championships. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, her sister and her husband. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make your life a dream." (marie-amelie-lefur.fr, 01 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was chosen by two French villages, Saint-Roch and Fortan, as a model to represent Marianne, a French national symbol that stands for freedom and reason. A plaque and a bust were created as she became the first sportswoman to personify the national symbol. (francebleu.fr, 22 Jan 2018; lanouvellerepublique.fr, 19 May 2018; 21 May 2018)

In 2018 a sports hall in Montastruc, a sporting square in Lallaing and a city stadium in Ingre [all in France] were named after her. (ladepeche.fr, 26 Mar 2018; Facebook page, 12 May 2018; intensite.net, 07 Jun 2018)

In 2016 she was upgraded as Official of the Legion of Honour in France. (la-croix.com, 01 Dec 2016)

In 2013 she was named a Knight of the Legion of Honour in France. (Facebook page, 08 Jun 2018)

A gym in Naveil, France, was named after her in recognition of her performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (lanouvellerepublique.fr, 13 Oct 2012)

She received the Official of the Order of Merit medal in 2009 in France. (orthopedie.proteor.fr, 19 Jan 2009)
Impairment
In March 2004 she was involved in a motorcycle accident which led to her left leg being amputated below the knee. (marie-amelie-lefur.fr, 01 Oct 2016; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Other information
PERSONAL LOSS
Following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro she took time away from sport in order to start a family. However, when she was eight months pregnant she suffered pre-eclampsia, and lost the baby. She decided to speak openly about the experience in the hope of helping others. "There are two reasons that I chose to talk openly about what happened. The first was that I had made a choice in the beginning to share my pregnancy with the media because I was so full of joy, and so I could not hide what happened in the end and not tell people, because it would not have been honest for us. The second reason was that we learnt that the mourning of a perinatal loss affected many more people than we realised, and we discovered there was a sort of taboo and strong sense of guilt on the issue. So I really wanted to use this experience that we had been through to help others who may also go through this in the future." (france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 22 May 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She was a co-chairperson of the athletes' committee for France's successful 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games proposal. She has also been an ambassador for the French Sports Ministry's campaign to fight against discrimination. (edf.fr, 23 Mar 2016; intensite.net, 07 Jun 2018)

OCCUPATION
She works at a nuclear power plant in Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux, France. (ouest-france.fr, 31 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 200m T44 31.09
2 2008 Long Jump F44 4.71
2 2008 100m T44 13.73
1 2012 100m T44 13.26
3 2012 Long Jump T42/44 5.14
2 2012 200m T44 26.76
1 2016 Long Jump T44 5.83
1 2016 400m T44 59.27
3 2016 200m T44 27.11
6 2016 100m T44 13.40
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 100m T44 13.74
2 2006 200m T44 28.37
2 2006 Long Jump F44 4.87
9 2011 Long Jump F44/46 4.40
1 2011 200m T44 27.96
1 2011 100m T44 13.19
2 2013 Long Jump T44 4.82
2 2013 100m T44 13.29
2 2013 200m T44 27.41
1 2015 Long Jump T44 5.84
2 2015 200m T44 26.58
1 2015 400m T44 59.30
2 2015 100m T44 13.12
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 400m T44 1:01.41
2 2014 Long Jump T44 5.28
3 2016 Long Jump T42-44 5.69
1 2016 400m T44 59.34
1 2018 Long Jump T64 6.01