Brian Joubert to compete in Pairs with Katrina Gerboldt for Russia
According to Rsport.ru Brian Joubert will compete with Katarina Gerboldt and the new pair will possibly represent Russia!
Below a link to the French article stating that it was Gerard Depardieu who has convinced Brian to do so...
I wonder if this has any effect at all on the Savchenko/Massot partnership. If the French want a champion pair, they have Brian but perhaps the Russians would release Katya? It's going to be a very difficult field in Russia to break through to the top. Unless of course it Brian will have no problems getting citizenship (if they want to go for 2018) and the funding is not an issue (since Brian is a marquee name in skating). Unless of course the French decided they will back up Aljona & Bruno (instead of or in addition to Germany) and sponsorship is an issue ...
Thanks for posting!
I just don't get these skaters who are past their prime now like Brian and Valentina deciding to try another discipline that takes pairs skaters years to master.
Is this real or it is only my dream ?
I am interested how it works out
I love Gerard Depardieu actually got involved on this. It's the part that I couldn't have scripted.
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Funny enough, I heard that music this morning on something I was watching, and all I could think of was Brian!
Originally Posted by Amei
You know, when a brand new member posted this photo in the Vale/Ondrej thread as their first post, I thought it was a wind up. I was about to reply with something along the lines of:
Originally Posted by mermaid
"For goodness sake, this is getting ridiculous! Can 2 people not mess about while they are on the ice any more without somebody turning it into a story?!"
So when I saw this thread, I was ready to explode. But then I read the post, and realised there might be something in it, I was shocked.
I have always been a massive Brian fan. I like Katarina too. But, I just do not understand the motivation behind this development.
Although there has been chopping and changing in the Pairs fields in both France and Russia, it will take time for Brian to learn the ropes in Pairs skating. By which stage, all the experienced Pairs skaters will have got used to their new partners, and will beat Joubert/Gerboldt in Nationals.
Admittedly, France might have been an easier option for them than Russia, but it would still be very difficult to get selected no matter which country they opted for.
Yes, we (might) have a similar situation in Italy with Marchei and Hotarek. BUT, there is not the same depth of field in Italy. So, Marchei/Hotarek have a good chance of getting selected. Plus, they do not have to go through all the bureaucracy, as Ondrej got Italian citizenship a long time ago. So they can hit the ground running (or should that be "hit the ice skating"...?)
For me, Brian would have been better pairing up with Daria Popova, competing for France. That way, they could have got straight to business without having to worry about all the red tape.
And as for Katarina, well there was no shortage of good male Russian Pairs skaters that were left without partners with all the chopping and changing that has been going on...!
So, whilst I should be pleased that they are both continuing, I am not sure about this at all.