3:36 PM - 15 Oct 13
Not jumping to any conclusions, but the GS post above citing TSL's Facebook page as a source of the rumor is a little troubling.
I have not looked at TSL's FB page, so I don't know whether TSL itself posted the rumor or whether a random third party posted it there as a comment.
If TSL itself posted the rumor, I have some concern that it might prove to be true. They do have a track record of knowing inside scoop re Frank Carroll and his skaters [and/or prospective skaters ] ...
Good point, golden411 - So I went to their FB page (haven't been there before), and it is apparently TSL themselves who wrote:
The Skating Lesson
för 6 timmar sedan via mobil.
Hearing Denis Ten will be out of Skate America.
(Sorry about the Swedish - I copy/pasted - it says: 6 hours ago via mobile/cell phone.)
About Joubert, any conspiracy theorists out there? What if Brian found himself unready for Skate America and needed a way to back out without backing out. So Gailhaguet steps in and "sanctions" him for skipping an event that he didn't even know he was supposed to do, deflecting criticism off Joubert.
Would Gailhaguet be so sneaky?
Meanwhile Chafik Besseghier beat Amodio in the SP at French Masters. Unfortunately, Chafik broke his ankle in the warmup or practice for the LP.
I didn't see Chafik's performance, but saw Florent's and am inclined to believe the latter, unfortunately.So, did he beat Florent because he was that good - or was Florent that bad? Just curious.
This is something else that doesn't make a lot of sense regarding FFSG not supporting Brian. I get that this is his last season and they're putting their support behind someone younger like Florent, but quite frankly, Florent hasn't exactly been giving sterling performances (and I generally like the guy, even if his skating style is not really my cup of tea). As far as Worlds results go, Brian has always beaten Florent. For someone who's been the biggest star of French skating for a long time (and probably will be for some time to come), it doesn't make sense to me that FFSG would throw him under the bus.
Denis is officially withdrawn.
Although I really loved watching Joubert skate last year, he seemed to skate several of last year's events "unready" and it did not seem to bother him. As an example, coming off an illness, with scant training time, into the French Grand Prix, there was basically no hope of his being able to skate well at it. But he went there, and he skated his best given the circumstances, and he made no apologies. None required IMO. I think that this is one skater who has reached a point in his life who loves to skate in front of an audience pretty well no matter what. I don't think Joubert would do something like that (even where it might be undeniably prudent). Not in his DNA.