Brian Joubert Announces New Coach
It's official - Brian has announced his split with coach Vernonique Guyon and that he already has a new coach to train with. If you recall, she was his life-long coach until they split a couple of years ago and he went with Laurent. Brian and Vero got back together in January, and now they are going separate ways.
Brian has arranged for a Russian coach to come and train with him in Potiers - contrary to rumors it will not be Yagudin, Tarasova, or Morozov and he will probably make an announcement by early next week.
I had the chance to visit with Brian last week in Paris and am very happy to report that he is quite lean, in great shape, eager for the new season, and that this coaching split has been anticipated for some time. Many will say that this puts him in a bad position going into the Olympic season, but better to get stabilized with a new coach now - early in the summer - than later.
Links to French articles ...
Last edited by Zanzibar; 06-23-2005 at 10:48 AM.
Personally, I think Brian needs a good choreographer moreso than a coach. He has all the elements. He just doesn't sell them. Plushy sells his dare-do style; Stephane sells his charming lyricism; Klimkin sells his uber artistic style. Those are his top European competitors.
I'd also like brian to work on an exhibition piece from something light like a latin american number to loosen him up.
Interesting that according to the French article (if my French doen't fail me), they split over money issues.
Also according to the second article Brian will work with Lucinda Ruh in July to perfect his spins - that may be a welcome change as well, since that's where he is clearly weaker than Lambiel.
I am certainly eager to see who that Russian coach is. The most famous man singles coaches won't leave Russian for Brian (Mishin, Kurdyavtsev), and I'll be surprised if he takes any chances with an unknown. Well, we'll see.
I agree on Lucinda Ruh - she's magnificent and could be both instructional AND inspirational to Brian.
There's more than money issues, there was also a significant time problem: Veronique has young female skater that she wants to devote a lot of time to - Brian needs concentrated attention for this critical season.