Masters competition, which took place last week-end, is the opening of the season for french skaters (senior and junior). The french all skated their new programs.
Here is the list of the contenders:
Here are the results with complete details: http://www.ffsg.org/France%20Elite%202005/index.htm
There wasn't any tv broadcast so we have only some individual reports in french forums and some french newscasts (about Brian at 99%).
It has displayed an accurate picture of the state of french skating:
- The ladies category isn't still in recovery process and the only lady able to make a lutz was off out of injury (Candice Didier - 20 - http://didier.candice.free.fr/wordpr...lacandice2.jpg http://didier.candice.free.fr/wordpr...5/PICT0220.jpg http://didier.candice.free.fr/wordpr...2004/04203.jpg , she could be quite good if she didn't have such a fragile mental and if the french fed hadn't put so much pressure on her and so early (when she was 13-16); she was supposed to be Syria's heiress -she certainly has the talent; since she has been in the senior competition, she has always collapsed in international events. Her new coach decided to make her have a year off competition and mental reinforcement program, but the french fed forced her to make the qualifying for the Olympics. Her coach said it was a big mistake but she was sent ... and collapsed. So we are hoping for some improvement this year... if it is still possible... )
- The pairs are begining slowly but other young pairs than Pla/Bonheur (22/24) are begining to exist as contenders.
- The dancers seems to work on inovative and ambitious programs and seduced the judges (despite the fall of Olivier Schoenfelder due to stupid inattention). Péchalat/Bourzat and Carron/Jost's programs have received quite a warm reception, the first ones for their "4 seasons restyled" FD (with what some called an ala Denkova/Stavisky choreography) and the second ones got a standing ovation for their tango OD. Delobel/Schoenfelder LP created a sensation too (a story about some modern Bonnie & Clyde, on the Untouchables' revisited sountrack)
- The guys are very interesting: Joubert did 2 different quads (tl and sal but no combo) in his LP and his new choreo seems to get some apreciation (but the costume gets mixed ones ), Préaubert despite his ankle injury managed to get in 2nd place with a crowd ovation for his LP (despite 2 falls, so the program must have some interest in itself) and Ponsero (20) tried a quad in his LP (but he lacks of artistry; he really needs to get in the international stage to make progress on his style)
Men and dance are once more competitive, while pairs are making some progress and girls... ok, I won't speak about the girls.
There are photos of the athletes here: http://perso.orange.fr/glace-gones-p...007_photos.htm
I especially like Pechalat/Bourzat's costumes. Funny ones http://perso.orange.fr/glace-gones-p...e/DSCF2146.jpg .
Joubert's photos in his new costume http://editorial.gettyimages.com/sou...%7c0&p=7&tag=1
Isabelle looks like a kind of Catwoman but that's not their definitive costume.
A l'Equipe Podcast about Joubert and his coach Simond : http://podcast.lequipe.fr/Autres/jou...2214819_21.wmv
Some bits of his LP:
There are other reportages' videos on Youtube. Especially one in which Annick Dumont talks about summer training sessions with Préaubert and Joubert. She said that Joubert is able to do 3 or even 4 different quads. She saw him making a quad flip; it was the first time in her life she had seen one. About quad salchow, Joubert's success rate is about 60%.
This competition is not a big mediatic event. It looks like it has a very nice, nearly familial ambiance. The gala is nice too since there are always some funny exhibitions (I remember Candeloro dancing with a skeleton, or skating as a pair with Stéphane Bernadis dressed like a ballerina . Last year, we had Alban doing Brice de Nice and Dambier playing a transformist on Obispo's song. Ok, those were french private jokes so it looked weird at Europe's galas but it was fun though). Such a shame this competition isn't broadcasted on TV.