Emmanuel Legeard is a French scholar, academic, thinker, writer and Olympic trainer specialized respectively in French civilization and heavy athletics.
Emmanuel Legeard grew up in Les Sapins (Le Châtelet), an infamous French neighborhood that would become the most dangerous neighborhood in France by the end of the eighties, even reaching the highest number (*) on the so-called ‘Bui-Trong scale’ indicative of violent crimes in sensitive neighborhoods:
« In this neighborhood you had a one-in-eight chance of being the victim of a violent crime every year, he writes. Les Sapins was only closely followed by a neighborhood of Seine Saint-Denis near Paris, the Quartier du Clos Saint-Lazare in Stains. »
At the age of 11, because his parents couldn’t take care of him, he was placed in various institutions where he spent 6 years in company of problem children with strong antisocial behavior, some of whom would become infamous psychopaths like the « Cannibal Killer of Rouen » who later murdered, butchered and ate his cellmate while in detention for a series of violent crimes.
In 2001, Emmanuel Legeard was awarded his doctorate in French and Comparative Literature with highest honors from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, France, for his « very original » thesis which was immediately published by the Presses Universitaires de Lille.
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Simultaneously, being himself a serious strength athlete, he began to conceive training programs for Olympic champions, for which he would be known worldwide after the successes of shot-putter Valerie Adams in two consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012).
On both plans, elite sports performance and the understanding of an unfortunately vanishing French civilization which has been the light of the World for centuries, his contribution has been considered extremely valuable, and even downright revolutionary on a number of occasions.
(*) 8th degree, i.e. more than 1000 violent crimes per year.
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