Pechalat, Bourzat announced retirement

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat at Sochi Olympics

A two-time European champions in ice dancing Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France, who yesterday finished fourth at Sochi Olympics, have announced the completion of their competitive career.

“What’s next? We are retiring and will perform in ice shows. We will not take part in coming World Championships.” R-Sport quotes Bourzat with a link to France-Presse.

Recall that yesterday Pechalat/Bourzat put out an enjoyable free dance performance entitled “Le Petit Prince et Sa Rose” but remained in fourth place with 177.22 points.

Igor Shpilband, the coach of French couple and one of the most respected coaches in the world of ice dancing, said the agency R-Sport that he can’t explain the sharp rise of points of the Russians Elena Ilynykh and Nikita Katsalapov in free dance program in comparison with the team competition, which took place just a week ago. The Russian earned 110.44 points and accumulated 183.48 overall, which brought them a bronze medal.

“I can’t explain this gap because I don’t understand how the result of Elena and Nikita could be improved in seven points just in one week,” Shpilband said. “I saw both of their performances and as a coach I don’t understand what they really made to earn such advantage.” he continued.

Shpilband noted that Pechalat and Bourzat “could not skate better their program”. “Nathalie and Fabian made 100% in both the short and free dance. And I’m happy for them. The rest did not depend on them. It was the judges’ decision.” the coach concluded.

Nathalie Pechalat turned to the fans with a thankful message on the official Facebook page of the French team.

“Fabian and I said (to media) that we didn’t feel rewarded enough for what we did and brought to ice dancing… This is wrong, it may be nothing we can count as medal, as points, but we have been through many emotions and get rewarded by your love, kindness, happiness, tears and smiles. Thank you so much! You are our judges, and we bow you out.”


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