Paris 2024 Olympics: “If I could, I would stay 10 more days!” : end of the journey for the young Northerner aboard the Belem

The Belem arrives at the Old Port of Marseille this Wednesday, May 8. He places the Olympic flame on French soil. A new stage for the torch in its journey. But for the team of 16 young flame scouts who came from all over France to monitor the torch, the adventure ends. Among them, Clara Labruyère, resident of Carvin (Pas-de-Calais), will also return to dry land. And the 22-year-old young woman already confides that she fears being earth-sick.

“The descent is going to be complicated!”

“We are all anticipating the approach to Marseille and we say to ourselves that that’s it, the adventure is coming to an end”, observes Clara Labruyère. “We’ve still been able to do a lot of things in recent days, but not with the same feeling of excitement as in the first days because we know that now it’s over“. The young northerner accepts her “sadness”: “because we’re not going to see each other anymore or we won’t see each other for a long time. And we’re super sad!“, she explains.

Clara Labruyère (right) left on board the Belem with 15 other young people from all over France.
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Clara Labruyère assures us that she already thinks she will be earth-sick when she returns. “Yeah, it’s going to be super weird. We talked about earth sickness, I think that’s what’s going to happen to me. In fact, we all lived in a little bubble for 12 days where we put aside stress, anxiety and the little worries of everyday life. And there, the fact of returning… I think that the descent will still be complicated”, she regrets.

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Clara Labruyère plans to complete her civic service in an association, then undergo sailor training
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“One of the most beautiful experiences of my life”

“It’s one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I’m extremely happy to have been able to experience all that, plus with great people! I think what struck me the most were the moments of sharing with everyone and the ambient good mood”, remembers Clara Labruyère. The 22-year-old young woman talks about the storm, but also about the dolphins and the Olympic flame who little by little becomes a member of the crew.

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“I loved everything, I loved everything” , she summarizes. Then she adds: “If I could, I would stay 10 more days!” Clara Labruyère plans to finish her civic service at the Unis-Cités association and then take her CMP, a three-month training course for sailors.

The Belem journey lasted 12 days.
The Belem journey lasted 12 days.
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