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Behind the Scenes Inside an Elite Squad of Olympians Preparing for Tokyo

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The Joel Filliol Training Group—or the JFT Crew, as they call it—is made up of some of the top Olympians and Olympic hopefuls in the world. And while Olympic preparations are typically done out of sight of the public in far-flung locations, we’ve been granted an inside look in this exclusive photo story of the JFT Crew—including world champions Katie Zaferes from the U.S. and France’s Vincent Luis—in Girona, Spain, as they prepare for the high-stakes game of Olympic qualification.

Many of them have been to the Games before, representing a number of countries; some are world champions and medal contenders competing against each other once the gun goes off; all are elite athletes, teammates, and good friends. Alongside Zaferes and Luis, Olympians Marten VanRiel and Jelle Geens (both from Belgium), and U23 world champ Emilie Morrier (also from France) are also based in Girona. Twenty minutes away in Banyoles, Spain are their teammates, the Spanish couple and superstars Mario Mola and Carol Routier.

Zaferes’ husband, Tommy, gives members a rare look here at a week in the life of this elite multi-national team.