They say that great athletes never give up. But for Gregory, giving up his medical career marked the beginning of his athletic dreams.
Born in 1978, Gregory grew up dreaming to become a professional sportsman.
21 years later, he stopped growing and also stopped dreaming because he’s having his 3rd ACL surgery in 4 years.
That’s how he decides to devote his energy to school and enroll, in 2000, in a 6 year osteopathic course in Marseille, France.
Gregory never liked school or sciences but 6 years later; he graduates and writes a thesis about ACL surgeries (obviously). 4 months later, while hiking the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, he receives the following text message: “Congratulations! You won the thesis of the yearaward”.
They say that everything happens for a reason. Therefore, there is a lot to say about December 2005, a moment where Gregory and his family lose one family member overnight. This loss helps Gregory realize that you should never lose one opportunity to be nice to someone or to do what you really want to do in life.
This loss motivates Gregory to play basketball again and despite his weak knee, the fire in his heart takes him and his team to the 2006 College basketball National champion title. This loss inspires Gregory to get a tattoo. This loss makes Gregory feel that moving abroad is the next right thing to do.
That’s how he lands in Montreal, Canada, to work as an osteopath. After only 3 months; he becomes sick and will suffer of depression for the next 3 years.
In 2010, he falls in love with a Japanese woman. She thinks he looks 40 years old but also falls in love with him. They move together to Tokyo, Japan, where he creates and opens the osteopathic clinic of his dreams. There, he becomes the first foreign osteopath ever registered in Japan.
In fact, Gregory is still in Tokyo in March of 2011 when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a tsunami and the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima occur.
He must leave Japan. Doesn’t want to but must. Sad to but has to.
Broke, heart-broken and depressed, this is when he decides to quit osteopathy. His mother thinks this is a stupid decision but his heart thinks it’s the next right thing to do.
That’s the beginning of his new life. A life that has nothing to do with the life he dreamt of when he was 18. A life he would have never dared to dream of back then.
Between 2011 and 2013, he works as an English teacher, as a dishwasher in a restaurant, as a cook in a Japanese restaurant, in a Mc Donald’s, as a janitor, a translator and finally discovers interpreting.
During those 2 years, he lives in Canmore (Canada), Sapporo (Japan), Rome (Italy), Singapore and France, where he currently is.
Between interpreting and him, it’s love at first sight!
Gregory’s behavior, energy and stress level are at the exact opposite of what he experienced as an osteopath.
Logically, he writes his first book “How to find your soul job”.
On September 4th of 2013, the International Olympic Committee is about to announce the name of the city, which will host the 2020 Olympic games. It will be Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.
“Tokyo” comes out of the envelope.
Inexplicably (or not) attached to this city, Gregory sees this as the sign that it's time to give one more chance to his childhood dream.
This is how he starts triathlon with the 2020 Olympic games as his only goal. In 2014, he finishes 25th at the Nationals. In 2015, he was selected in the age-group French National team.