Brian Joubert is moving to new ice rink

Brian Joubert at 2012 World Championships in Nice

Not without regret Brian Joubert had yesterday the last practice at the ice rink in Poitiers. According to the French edition La Nouvelle République, the ice rink will be closed for renovation.

The 2007 World Champion and a three-time European Champion is currently considering several options for the next base for his trainings.

“It’s a bit strange feeling to leave a skating rink where I have been for 24 years. But I think it’s also a good point. I am willing to learn something new. This also leads me out of my routine.” said Joubert. Most likely his further trainings will be in Champigny-sur-Marne (Southeastern suburbs of Paris) with a coach Annick Dumont or in Parisian Bercy with Katia Krier.

French edition notes that there are doubts about the continuation of cooperation between Joubert and Véronique Guyon.

Joubert intended to begin the past season season at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy but withdrew prior to the event. His events for the Grand Prix series 2011/12 were Cup of China and Trophée Eric Bompard. Joubert sustained a back injury in practice shortly before the Cup of China and consequently withdrew from the competitions as well as from the Trophée Eric Bompard.

Although not fully healed, Joubert returned in time for the 2012 French championships, where he won the eighth national title. At the 2012 Europeans in Sheffield he didn’t fare well and placed 8th, the first time he had failed to win a medal at the European Championships.

At the 2012 World Championships, Joubert performed his best short program in last two years,  setting a new Personal Best score in the free skating (161.11) and overall (244.58) to finish at fourth place. Joubert declared that skating at the World Championships in France was the highlight of his career and that he was very pleased with his performance and looking forward to the next season.

His final event of the 2011/12 season was the World Team Trophy 2012, where he competed as part of French team and finished third in the men’s event.

Photo: La Maison de Joubert

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