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Allez Brian! Thanks for actually doing three combinations in your FS...but why were your two other quads MIA? Remember, Plushenko is going to be at the Olympics.
PARIS -- Former world champion Brian Joubert of France will be the main attraction at the Trophee Bompard, the first of six Grand Prix events that starts Thursday.Following Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen's withdrawal in the women's field, Joubert will be the big star when he skates in front of his home fans as serious preparations begin for next year's Vancouver Olympics."My goal is to go to Vancouver for the gold medal," Joubert said. "I get up every morning to be Olympic champion. Everything is fine at the moment, so there is no reason not to do so."Joubert, who in 2007 became the first Frenchman to win the world title since Alain Calmat 42 years go, finished sixth at the 2006 Turin Olympics after being among the favorites."In 2006, I wanted the gold medal but I was lacking experience and maturity," Joubert said. "I've started to work differently. These last two years, it wasn't fun. Now, I have fun and I will seize the opportunity because I want this (Olympic) medal."A five-time world medalist known for his big jumps, Joubert is likely to be challenged in Paris by Nobunari Oda. The Japanese skater is in top form, winning last year's NHK Trophy, after being banned for three months by his national federation in 2007 for drunk driving.Ryan Bradley and two-time world junior champion Adam Rippon will skate for the United States.The 24-year-old Cohen withdrew from the first Grand Prix event of the season because of tendinitis in her right calf after consulting with an orthopedic surgeon.She hasn't competed since the 2006 world championships after the Turin Games, but says she is confident she will be ready for Skate America from Nov. 12-15 in Lake Placid, New York.With Cohen sitting out, world champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea will try to get her season off to a fast start. When last seen in competition, Kim was blowing away the field at the world championships in Los Angeles in March.Her chief rival, Mao Asada of Japan, the 2008 world champ, also will skate in Paris.Kim will perform to a medley of James Bond themes in the short program, and to George Gershwin's "Piano Concerto in F Major" in the free skate."I was concerned about the medley because it's unusual music for figure skating programs," she said. "But I've practiced a lot and prepared the program, so I can't wait to show it."Caroline Zhang and Alexe Gillis will represent the United States.Also this weekend, world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany are favorites to retain their pairs title. Two-time U.S. champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin will compete, as will Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, who are making their senior international debut.France's Nathalie Pechelat and Fabian Bourzat, Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and Britain's Sinead and John Kerr are the top ice dance couples. Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, the 2009 U.S. silver medalists in dance, will be joined by Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, and the brother-sister team of Madison and Keiffer Hubbell.
Happy 25th Birthday Brian!I really need to update this more or just get rid of it. Jeesh.
Joubert Focused on New SeasonWhen Brian Joubert landed on the medal podium at the 2002 European Championships he faced the press with a braggadocio befitting a 17-year-old."I said I want to be world champion and Olympic champion, and all the French journalists were waiting for it," he says. "It put a lot of pressure on me, so it was difficult to be focused and to forget the French journalists. Now, I've been world champion and it's easier."Joubert won his world title in 2007 and finished with silver this year. He also won world silver in 2004 and '06. With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver just 19 months away, Joubert, 23, is striving to become more consistent in competition. When icenetwork.com contacted him, he was at the French team's training camp in Courchevel, high in the French Alps."Training at altitude is very difficult," he says. "The first three weeks are very hard, very difficult for the muscles, for the body. You have to be very strong mentally. That's why I like to train here, because if I have good preparation in the summer, the rest of the season is easier."Back in May, Joubert came to the United States to have Evgeny Platov, two-time Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing, choreograph his programs."I wanted to change a little bit," Joubert explains of his choice of choreographer. "I knew that it's going to be great to work with him, because he's a great guy. I met him many times at competitions."I felt he gave me a lot of new things. We worked 100 percent. It was great, so much fun. I'm really happy about my new programs, because I feel very confident. I really want to start the competitions to see how it is with the judges and with the audience."Joubert declines to reveal details, preferring to keep the music choices under wraps until he debuts the programs at the French Masters in September. He does say that he may try to do an international competition before Grand Prix season to get feedback prior to Trophée Eric Bompard and Cup of Russia. He's waiting to hear from the French federation about this.To increase his flexibility and stamina, Joubert has begun a new off-ice training regimen. Now entering his third season working with coach Jean-Christophe Simond, Joubert finds his jumps require less exertion. When he competed in the early 80s, Simond was a master at compulsory school figures. He has slowly taught Joubert how to be more efficient in his skating."He knows how to use the blade, how to use the edges to be light on the ice and to have a lot of power," Joubert explains. "He has taught me a lot about this. I know how to do a jump without a lot of energy, because he taught me how to use my blade, how to use my edging. I think we will need one more year to be perfect. I think it's going to be perfect for the Olympic season."After spending the summer practicing, Joubert hopes to work with Platov to fine tune the programs prior to the start of this season, but they haven't yet worked out a schedule. There are still costumes to be designed, and Joubert is sticking with the same people who've created his costumes for the past several years."I keep the same team every season, because they do a very good job," he notes. "I feel confident with them, so I keep them."His goals are to improve on each aspect of his skating from season to season and also step up his consistency."This season is very important because it's 2009," Joubert says. "It's one year before the Olympic Games. I really want to do a good season to show to the judges and to the audience that I can be Olympic champion. That's why I want to do my best. I will try to give 100 percent in every competition and we will see."
Joubert still miffed about worlds finishSkater worried about decrease of the technical level of skatingBy Jean-Christophe Berlot, special to icenetwork.comBrian Joubert came back disappointed from Gothenburg, Sweden. Even though he skated his best competition of the year, he had to surrender his world crown to Jeffrey Buttle of Canada. Joubert skated a perfect free program, and strongly claimed afterwards that he was "mad to be defeated by someone who [had] not even attempted a quadruple jump in either of his programs."Currently skating in the French tour, Stars sur Glace (Stars on Ice), Joubert took the time to think back and understand his performance at worlds for icenetwork.com.You seemed quite mad when you heard the final result at worlds. How do you feel two weeks later?Actually I still am very mad. Not so much against my competitor, who had the perfect championship. What is at stake is the future of figure skating. Sport is meant for athletic prowess. What I see now is a decrease of the technical level of skating, so I am very worried about that.Will you then adapt to the rules as they are (and as they are currently applied)? Or should figure skating definitely push forward for a better reward of technical difficulties, especially quadruple jumps?Actually I will stick to my position. I hope there will be a lot of pressure put on the rules so that they can evolve, although I am well aware that this will be most difficult before the 2010 Olympic Games. Anyway, I will keep taking risks myself, just like I have in the past. Maybe even more so during the next season, which will be a transition season before the Olympic year.Don't you fear this might cost you other titles?Taking risks does not mean ignoring the rules. You know, I carefully studied the results I got in Gothenburg. I lost about five points on my spins, and six points because of my two triple flips. I did not have a triple to triple combination, so I lost some points there too. However, my component marks were excellent, and that is a great encouragement for me. I also made points on my steps, compared to my main competitors.So, the direction to take is quite simple. I will keep working on the component part and choreography. Kurt Browning and Dominique Molina really helped me last season, and we will keep working together. The toughest part may be the flip, as I learned to take off that way years and years ago, and it is my most consistent jump. Yet, it was considered valid at the last European championships, so I suppose it is not so bad.What about your spins?Indeed, I clearly need to work more on my spins.With whom do you plan to work on them? Let's say I will work with someone who is very gifted at spins, and with whom I have already worked in the past. This, however, has yet to be finalized.So this means that you are going to take risks and follow the rules at the same time?Yes. The rules have become far stricter this past season, everything needs to be perfect; spins, steps, jump edges. You need to make sure that your body positions are correct, etc. The one great thing with the new judging system is that it forces you to be a complete skater and perform in every part of skating. I like this very much.Two weeks have passed by since your Gothenburg performance, what do you want to keep from it?The most important part for me, as seen from now, is the sensations I got. The short and the free programs I skated in Gothenburg were the ones I had the most pleasure to skate. I may forget the programs themselves, however, I will retain the sensations I experienced there.After Europeans we worked a lot. I knew I was ready. So I could leave France telling to myself: "have fun." I never had to tell myself: "you have to win." Also, the audience in Gothenburg was magnificent.So, now you are with the French team, altogether for the French tour. With its 28 laps in more than a month, the tour is the longest in years. How do you feel about it?You know, I have always skated because I was having fun out there. Skating has never meant "work" for me. It is not a job. When I was younger, I spent many hours in public sessions, to skate and skate again.So, the tour is meant as a relaxing moment for me. We skate under pressure and stress all year long. Meeting again with the French audience is really a top thing for me. Also, we get along quite well within the team, even though from time to time someone has to yell: that's life! In fact, I would have loved this tour to be even longer!Joubert is laughing. Whether it is for a show, or for a competition with risks to take and strict rules to follow, this guy undoubtedly loves skating.Note: Joubert has worked with several spin specialists in the past, as this element has never been his strongest. One of the most publicized spin experts he worked with was Lucinda Ruh, from Switzerland, prior to the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.