Brian Joubert

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Brian Joubert figure skating
Brian Joubert at the 2008 World Cup
nation FranceFrance France
birthday 20th September 1984
place of birth Poitiers
size 179 cm
Weight 74 kg
society Club France FFSG
Trainer Veronique Guyon,
Laurent Depouilly,
Jean-Christophe Simond,
Andrei Berezintsev
choreographer David Wilson,
Antonio Najarro,
Romain Haguenauer,
Kurt Browning,
Nikolai Morosow,
Tatjana Tarasowa,
Evgeni Platow,
Albena Denkowa,
Maxim Stawiski
status resigned
End of career 2014
Medal table
World Cup medals 1 × gold 3 × silver 2 × bronze
EM medals 3 × gold 3 × silver 4 × bronze
ISU World figure skating championships
silver Dortmund 2004 Men's
silver Calgary 2006 Men's
gold Tokyo 2007 Men's
silver Gothenburg 2008 Men's
bronze Los Angeles 2009 Men's
bronze Turin 2010 Men's
ISU European figure skating championships
bronze Lausanne 2002 Men's
silver Malmo 2003 Men's
gold Budapest 2004 Men's
silver Turin 2005 Men's
bronze Lyon 2006 Men's
gold Warsaw 2007 Men's
bronze Zagreb 2008 Men's
gold Helsinki 2009 Men's
bronze Tallinn 2010 Men's
silver Bern 2011 Men's
Personal best
 Total points 244.58 World Cup 2012
 Freestyle 161.11 World Cup 2012
 Short program 88.55 EM 2010
Placements in the figure skating Grand Prix
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 Grand Prix Final 1 0 1
 Grand Prix competitions 7th 3 1

Brian Joubert (born September 20, 1984 in Poitiers ) is a former French figure skater who started in a single run . He is the world champion of 2007 and the European Champion of 2004 , 2007 and 2009 .


Brian Joubert was born on September 20, 1984 in Poitiers to Jean-Michel and Raymonde Joubert. At eleven months of age, he suffered from a life-threatening disease that resulted in the removal of a kidney. Because of his illness, Joubert later decided to go figure skating instead of the more dangerous sports that he actually preferred. Brian Joubert (he prefers the English pronunciation of his first name) began ice skating with his two older sisters at the age of four. His sisters were dedicated to ice dancing, but Joubert was mainly interested in jumps and so he changed disciplines. Two years later he was discovered by Véronique Guyon , where he learned the basics of figure skating.

Joubert had a brief relationship with Lætitia Bléger, a former Miss France in 2004. He sued her for 40,000 euros after she suggested he was gay and arranged the relationship only to keep it a secret. Bléger and two newspapers that printed this were fined to pay 17,000 euros. Joubert later had a brief relationship with Italian figure skater Valentina Marchei .

Joubert is a motorsport fan and loves animals, especially dogs.

In March 2006 Joubert published his first biography, "Le Feu sur la Glace". A second book about him, entitled “Brian Joubert sur papier glacé”, was published in February 2010.

Joubert is committed to children who suffer from Williams-Beuren Syndrome and to animal organizations.

In 2014 he took part in the fifth season of the French dance show Danse avec les stars and reached third place.

In 2015 he started working as a trainer; his first top runner is Romain Ponsart .


Joubert did not have a particularly successful junior career. At the Junior World Championship in 2000, he finished 15th.

2001 Joubert was third in the French championships . This earned him participation in the European and World Championships , as well as the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City . On his European Championship debut, he won the bronze medal straight away in Lausanne . He finished his world championship debut in 13th place and his Olympic debut in 14th place.

Brian Joubert with his trainer Veronique Guyon, 2010

Joubert became French champion for the first time in the next season . It was the first of six national titles in a row. He won his first Grand Prix competition with Skate America . He benefited from the injury-related resignation of Alexei Jagudin . Joubert qualified for the first time for the Grand Prix final and was able to win the bronze medal. At the 2003 European Championships in Malmö , Joubert won the silver medal and finished the World Championships in sixth place. In the summer he parted ways with his longtime trainer Veronique Guyon . His new coach was Laurent Depouilly .

Joubert's big breakthrough came in 2004 when he became the reigning French champion in Budapest as European champion. It was France's first men's title in 40 years and the first time since 1996 that no Russian had won. At the World Cup in Dortmund , Joubert won his first World Cup medal with silver behind Yevgeny Pljuschtschenko , whom he had defeated at the EM.

In January 2005, Joubert ended his collaboration with his coach Laurent Depouilly , which had lasted almost a year. The reason given was a disturbed relationship of trust. During this time he was also advised by former Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin , who in turn ended the collaboration because he did not get along with Joubert's choreographer Nikolai Morozov . Joubert switched back to his first coach, Véronique Guyon , in 2005 , but soon separated from her because of differences of opinion. Andrei Berezintsev became his new coach. In 2005 Joubert could not defend his European title. He finished second behind Plyushchenko. At the world championship it was only enough for sixth place. In 2006 Joubert had to be content with the bronze medal behind Pljuschtschenko and Stéphane Lambiel at the European Championships . His second Olympic Games, at which he was considered a favorite, he finished in sixth place in Turin . At the world championship he won the silver medal behind Lambiel. After Joubert had worked with Andrei Berezintsev in the 2005/06 season, he was coached by Jean-Christophe Simond since October 2006 .

The 2006/2007 season was the most successful in Joubert's career. He won all competitions in which he participated. He won the Cup of Russia and the Eric Bompard Trophy , qualifying for the Grand Prix final in Saint Petersburg and winning this too. After becoming French champions for the fifth time in a row , Joubert won the gold medal at the European Championships in Warsaw and became world champion in Tokyo .

Joubert at the 2010 World Cup

In the 2007/08 season Joubert won for the first time at Skate Canada , but had to give up the Trophée Eric Bompard due to illness. At the European Championships he won the bronze medal and at the World Championships the silver medal behind Jeffrey Buttle . In 2008/09 he had qualified for the Grand Prix final , but had to retire due to a back injury. He was also unable to compete in the national championships. He also replaced his freestyle program with a new one in the middle of the season. Despite all this, he was European champion for the third time in his career in Helsinki . At the World Championships , he led after the short program, but made mistakes in his freestyle and fell back to bronze. After this disappointing result for him, he separated from Jean-Christophe Simond and trained again with his former coach Laurent Depouilly , who gave up his coaching job in May 2010. He then hired Véronique Guyon again as a trainer.

In the 2009/10 season Joubert won the NHK Trophy for the first time . He qualified for the Grand Prix final but was unable to take part due to a serious foot injury that required surgery. He again missed the national championships and many weeks of training. At the European Championship he still ran a new personal best in the short program, but fell back to third place due to a mistake in the freestyle. For his third Olympic Games , Joubert was once again a favorite to win the Olympic gold. There he delivered a disastrous performance and only reached 16th place. He commented: “It's another disappointment in the Olympics. These games took me through. I just can't do it in the Olympics. It always goes wrong. I do not know why. I can't explain it. ”In order to be nominated for the World Championship , Joubert even had to run an elimination. Qualified for the World Cup, he made an impressive comeback. In the short program, he successfully landed a four-way toe loop-three-way toe loop combination and finished this segment in third place. In the freestyle he stood two more four-fold toe loops, but made a few minor mistakes, so that in the end it was the bronze medal. Joubert later said that he was very proud of this achievement and had achieved his main goal, which was to restore self-confidence.

In the 2010/11 season he had to give up at the Trophée Eric Bompard due to gastroenteritis and thus did not qualify for the Grand Prix final . But at the French championships he recovered and won his seventh title. At the 2011 European Championships he was only in seventh place after a faulty short program, but then ran the best freestyle and thus secured the silver medal behind his compatriot Florent Amodio . This was the tenth time in a row that Joubert stood on the podium at a European Championship . Only Karl Schäfer had succeeded in this between 1927 and 1936 before him . With a total of ten EM medals, Joubert also drew right away with Ulrich Salchow and Karl Schäfer, who also achieved ten medals.

At the World Championships in Moscow , Joubert weakened in the short program as he had at the EM before, he made a mistake in a four-fold jump belonging to a combination and ended up in ninth place. After that, he again managed a strong performance in the freestyle, but this was no longer enough to get him on the podium. He finished eighth, missing out on a World Cup medal for the first time since 2005. Already in preparation for the World Cup, Joubert had problems with his left knee and was given injections that did not bring any relief. Joubert consulted several specialists who advised against an operation if he did not want to endanger his jumping ability. Therefore, he decided to follow a strict diet and special exercises to restore his muscles.

In the 2011/12 season, Joubert could not contest Grand Prix competitions due to back problems . Although still battered, he entered the French championships and secured his eighth national title. At the European Championship, however, Joubert did not make it to the podium in eighth place for the first time in his career. But things went better at the World Cup in Nice . In front of a home audience he showed the best short program in two years and also achieved a personal best in the freestyle and overall performance. He was solid in the jumps in both segments and stayed free from falls. He only got deductions for two jumps in the freestyle because of insufficient rotation and incorrect landing. For his freestyle, he returned to his proven freestyle music at Matrix . After the freestyle, which was carried by the euphoric home crowd, Joubert fell on his knees and kissed the ice cream. In his eleventh World Cup participation, Joubert missed a seventh medal only because of the outstanding performance of Yuzuru Hanyu , but in fourth place the Frenchman was the best European. He described the home World Cup as the highlight of his career and stated that he wanted to continue.

In the 2012/13 season Joubert registered for the Cup of China and the Trophée Eric Bompard . After the short program at the Cup of China, he gave up due to stomach pain and fever. Although he had not yet fully recovered, he started again at the next competition and finished it in fourth place. Because of flu, Joubert canceled his participation in the French championships . At the European Championships , he was fourth. He finished the world championship in ninth place.

Technology and style

Joubert is known for his strong jumping ability. He has already competed a quadruple salchow and has a constant quadruple toe loop. At the Cup of Russia 2006, Joubert landed three quadruple jumps in his freestyle. Joubert said in an interview that he considers quadruple jumps important to the future of figure skating as a sport. Like Yevgeny Pljuschtschenko , Joubert criticizes that in the new evaluation system , the Code of Points, quadruple jumps are not sufficiently appreciated.

According to the Japanese TV show “Miracle Body”, Joubert's abdominal muscle is very strong, so that it does not lose any centrifugal force when turning . A sports scientist at the University of Poitiers noticed that Joubert jumps off at the best possible angle for quadruple jumps.

Joubert has been criticized for the small variety of his pirouettes, but has improved in this regard since he has been working with the Swiss Lucinda Ruh since 2005 .

Joubert prefers a masculine running style in the tradition of Elvis Stojko and Alexei Jagudin .

Joubert at the 2010 World Cup


Championship / year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
winter Olympics 14th 6th 16. 13.
World championships 13. 6th 2. 6th 2. 1. 2. 3. 3. 8th. 4th 9.
European championships 3. 2. 1. 2. 3. 1. 3. 1. 3. 2. 8th. 4th 8th.
World Team Trophy 4th 4th 7th
Junior World Championships 15th
French championships 10. 14th 3. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 2.
Grand Prix competition / season 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14
Grand Prix Final 3. 5. 1. Z
Skate America 9. 1. 1. 3.
Skate Canada 1.
Eric Bompard Trophy 5. 4th 2. 2. 1. Z 4th 4th Z 4th
Cup of Russia 1. 1.
NHK Trophy 4th 1.
Cup of China 2. 4th Z

Z = withdrawn

Other competitions:

  • 2002/2003 season: 3rd place at Masters in Brest
  • 2003/2004 season: 1st place at Masters in Colmar
  • 2004/2005 season: 2nd place in Campbell International Figure Skating
  • 2004/2005 season: 3rd place at Marshalls World Cup of Figure Skating
  • 2005/2006 season: 1st place at Masters in Reims
  • 2005/2006 season: 1st place at Championnats de France Elite in Besançon
  • 2007/2008 season: 1st place at the Masters in Courbevoie


season Short program Freestyle Exhibition running
2012-2013 Genesis
by Justice (French band)
from Daft Punk
Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
Rise (Leave me Alone)
by Safri Duo
SOS d'un terrien en détresse
by Grégory Lemarchal
Cancion Sefaradi
by Luc Arbogast
Words are flying out
by Stéphane Lafrance
2011–2012 Genesis
by Justice (French band)
choreographed by David Wilson
Clubbed to Death
by Rob Dougan

from The Matrix
Soundtrack by Don Davis

Little Love
from AaRON
from Mozart, l'opéra rock
by Florent Mothe
SOS d'un terrien en détresse
by Grégory Lemarchal
Ça ira mon amour
from 1789, les amants de la Bastille

An freij de an neo era
by Luc Arbogast
2010-2011 Once Upon a Time in Mexico
by Robert Rodriguez
Choreography by Antonio Najarro
9th Symphony
by Ludwig van Beethoven,
choreography by David Wilson
by Darude
from Daft Punk
Little Love
from AaRON
C'est bientôt la fin
from Mozart, l'opéra rock
from Various Artists
I Gotta Feeling
from The Black Eyed Peas
2009-2010 Rise (Leave me Alone)
by Safri Duo
Ancient Lands
by Ronan Hardiman
arranged by Maxime Rodriguez
Infinity 2008
by Guru Josh Project
Le Patineur
by Julien Clerc
from Grégoire
from Mozart, l'opéra rock
by Florent Mothe
by Darude
2008-2009 Rise (Leave me Alone)
by Safri Duo
The Final of the Mohicans
Soundtrack by Randy Edelman , Trevor Jones
and Daniel Lanois

The Matrix Reloaded
Soundtrack by Don Davis
Requiem for a Dream
Soundtrack by Clint Mansell
by Rufus Wainwright
by Darude
by Jacques Brel
I'm yours
by Jason Mraz
2007-2008 All For You
by Sébastien Damiani
Enter Sandman
Nothing Else Matters
Creeping Death
by Apocalyptica
O Verona
from Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack
by Nellee Hooper , Craig Armstrong
and Marius De Vries
by Coldplay
Rise (Leave me alone)
by Safri Duo
Le Patineur
of Lââm
2006-2007 Die Another Day
James Bond
Soundtrack by David Arnold
Enter Sandman
Nothing Else Matters
Creeping Death
by Apocalyptica
O Verona
from Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack
by Nellee Hooper , Craig Armstrong
and Marius De Vries
You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)
by Josh Groban
Rise (Leave me Alone)
by Safri Duo
Tu aurais du me dire
by Tina Arena
by Sébastien Damiani
Elvis Medley
Love Is All
by Roger Glover
2005-2006 Die Another Day
James Bond
Soundtrack by David Arnold
Lord of the Dance
by Ronan Hardiman
Clubbed to Death
by Rob Dougan

from The Matrix
Soundtrack by Don Davis

Daft punk
Tant qu'on rêve encore
from Le Roi Soleil
by Various Artists
2004-2005 Music Selection
by Blue Men Group
1492: Conquest of Paradise
soundtrack by Vangelis
Lord of the Dance
by Ronan Hardiman
by Andrea Bocelli
2003-2004 Time
from Pink Floyd
Clubbed to Death
by Rob Dougan

from The Matrix
Soundtrack by Don Davis

J'ai Demande a La Lune
from Indochine
Love's Divine
by Seal
Lettre à France
by Michel Polnareff
Ces soirees
by Yannick
On se retrouvera
by Francis Lalanne
2002-2003 Time
from Pink Floyd
The Untouchables
Soundtrack by Nelson Riddle
and Ennio Morricone
Le Lacs du Conemara
by Michel Sardou
SOS D'un Terrien En Detresse
by Starmania by Daniel Balavoine
Quelques Cris?
by Johnny Hallyday
Ma Gueule
by Johnny Hallyday
Nos Différences
by Ève Angeli
2001-2002 The Mexican Hat Mission
Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
and the London Philharmony Orchestra
L'aigle noir
by Florent Pagny
The four seasons
by Antonio Vivaldi
2000-2001 Excalibur
Soundtrack by Trevor Jones

Web links

Commons : Brian Joubert  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. “Une nouvelle victoire pour Brian! - Just Brian Joubert "
  4. Brian Joubert arrête la moto! (French) October 16, 2009; accessed October 23, 2014
  5. ^ Danse avec les Stars 5: Retour sur le parcours de champion de Brian Joubert , December 2, 2014,
  6. Joubert trains Ponsart . In: pirouette . Volume 48, No. 6, 2015, p. 20.
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