Brian Joubert (born September 20, 1984) is a French figure skater. He is the 2007 World Champion, a three-time (2004, 2007 & 2009) European champion, a six-time (2003-2008) French National champion, and the 2006 Grand Prix champion. As of December 2009, Joubert is ranked fourth in the world.
Brian stepped on the ice for the first time at 4, at the rink of Poitiers, following the steps of his elder sisters. He liked the contact with the ice immediately, and even though he started with hockey, he later switched to figure skating (still, he sometimes puts the pick-less skates after a practice session). He rapidly took part in competitions, a few in ice-dance with his sister. He has been detected as a promising skater at a young age, and at 6-7 Véronique Guyon-Desgardins noticed him; maybe he was not the most successful skater among the other kids, but he already had a fighting spirit and didn’t really spend his time close to the board… Véronique was his coach until 2002. From 2002 until 2004 his coach has been Laurent Depouilly, and starting with the summer of 2004, Brian will be coached by former European, World and Olympic champion, Alexei Yagudin. Had he not persevered in figure skating, Brian would have none the less practiced a sport, maybe as a fencer.
Regarding studies, Brian is actually following a normal year, with major in science. He concentrated more on skating during the 2001-2002 season as he skated at Europeans (bronze medal!) and World Championships, and at the Olympic Games. In the long term spectre, Brian thinks about getting his diploma to become a coach, and why not, later becoming the manager of the French Team.
His main goal is clear: to become European (done that!), World (got silver last year!) and Olympic (trying to that in 2006!) champion!
His best souvenir so far : the parade of the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
His best element in skating : jumps! with four rotations if possible… The loop is his least-favoured jump, even though he has already landed it in combination after a triple flip. Besides the jumps, another element he likes is the simple forward crossovers, because “when you do them right you don’t feel the ice anymore”.
Joubert is known for his strong jumping ability. He has a consistent quadruple salchow jump and a quadruple toe loop jump. At the 2006 Cup of Russia competition, Joubert landed three quadruple jumps in his free skate: two toe loops (one in combination) and a salchow.. Joubert has stated in interviews that he considers quadruple jumps to be important for the future of figure skating as a sport
Joubert has been criticized for the lack of variety in his spins, but this area has shown a marked improvement after Joubert’s work with Swiss skater Lucinda Ruh starting in the 2005-2006 season.
Date of Birth: 20.09.1984
Height: 1.75 m
Weight: 74 kg
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Took Up Skating: 4 years old
Performances: National Champion, European Champion and Vice-Champion, World Vice-Champion
Coach: Veronique Guyon, also under the guidance of Alexei Yagudin