Tokyo Olympics: after beating cancer, Piekarsaka-Twardochel, Polish swordsman, aims for gold

This is one of the beautiful stories of the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 – August 8), Magdalena Piekarska-Twardochel will participate in the team fencing event a few months after winning her fight against the disease.

Three years ago, the career of the Polish Magdalena Piekarska-Twardochel changed. She learns that she has Hodgkin Lymphoma. In an interview with AFP, she tells how her career and her life have literally changed. “It was difficult, I started to say goodbye to the world. I canceled my trips, my tournaments, the work I had planned in my apartment,” she says.

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Almost six months of chemotherapy, Magdalena explains that she never gave up because she learned that it was “an illness that you could beat, considering that I was diagnosed at an early stage. “

Fencing and the Olympic Games as a leitmotif

“Fencing and the idea of ​​coming back motivated me for 90% of my salary. I was counting the days until I could get back on the track. I knew that these Olympics were somehow real for me. me, “she says.

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Just days after her last chemotherapy, Magdalena Piekarska-Twardochel resumed training and managed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Although she will only be a substitute in the team épée event, her trainer, Mariusz Kosman is extremely proud of her fencer: “I’m not surprised that she is leaving for the Olympics. would heal, she would. “

The course of this sportswoman can serve as an example, with courage, determination, we can overthrow mountains.

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