3×3 world champion, Marie-Ève ​​​​Paget is “on a little cloud”

We are all on cloud nine, we realize more or less what just happened, even if it was celebrated as it should be! Now, place to our obligations of press conferences, etc. Less fun things (laughs)!

In the final, you quickly took the lead before the Canadians came back. How did you experience this encounter?

Our ename was very good, which made it possible to jostle them and ensure a certain cushion. On the other hand, it was very paid…

We are all on cloud nine, we realize more or less what just happened, even if it was celebrated as it should be! Now, place to our obligations of press conferences, etc. Less fun things (laughs)!

In the final, you quickly took the lead before the Canadians came back. How did you experience this encounter?

Our ename was very good, which made it possible to jostle them and ensure a certain cushion. On the other hand, it was very rewarding in energy and Canada is a good team, so we were waiting for their return. We never panicked, despite several faults condemning us to put a little less aggressiveness in defense. But overall the game was under control.

How did you manage the size deficit compared to the Canadians?

It was not given a disadvantage. The big ones are less mobile, more easily attacked in one against one. Hortense Limouzin showed it very well by being untenable. We even proved that by playing “small ball” with two small builds, big things were possible.

Did you face the best team of the tournament in the final?

(She hesitates) No. I think the two toughest formations for us to maneuver were Spain and China, who have profiles with a big dominating. The Chinese are very physical, always very hard to negotiate. The Spaniards are our greatest enemies. They play very well at the basket, very well together. We remained calm against these two teams, but it’s true that we scared ourselves a little more. Especially against Spain.

Is there a feeling of revenge after 4th place at the Tokyo Games?

For the old ones like Laëtitia Guapo and me, there is a form of revenge. We lost planes against China in the small final, taking them out in the semis is a bit of revenge. We lost the final of the Euro in France against the Spaniards… But this past does not belong to the whole team, which Hortense Limouzin and Myriam Djekoundade joined. What matters is what we have to write.

“For the old ones like Laëtitia Guapo and me, there is a form of revenge”

The two new ones have integrated perfectly into the team?

Yes, but they are not completely new. Myriam and Hortense are regulars at 3×3. They played with the U23s, we had never played together but we were close to many times in training. Their connection both, combined with the one I have with Laëtitia, makes it very easy to create automatisms. They did not hide and took very little time to adapt. They are great champions.

Speaking of team cohesion, the boys played their matches alongside yours. Do you manage to follow your mutual encounters?

The 3×3 is a big family. We start the competitions all together. As soon as we could follow their matches, we do. Together We lose and we win. The fact that both teams brought home a medal is huge. We are warming up for our final when they were playing the bronze medal, so we could only pass a header once in a while to see the score. They went after her with their guts, just three players. We suffered with them.

Their additional time to be extended must have disrupted your warm-up…

Yes, but for Canada as well. I had only one idea in mind: that they leave with a charm around their neck, I was stressing for them. They were in pain, the overtime lasted forever. It was the longest match in 3×3 history. They did and frankly, it’s awesome.

Many talk about Guapo’s golden season, but you yourself have just chained the 2021 French Championship, 2022 French Cup and now the World Cup…

These last two seasons are rich in strong emotions but also in feelings. Finishing 4th at the Olympics was really painful. I still think I’m privileged to have had all these experiences, joys and sorrows. Few of us experience it. I will never forget those two years.

All of this bodes very well for the Paris Olympics in 2024…

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