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    Brian Joubert article in L'Equipe; his withdrawal from Skate America announced

    Re-posting from the GP Assignments thread - these 2 news items are not related but I thought a new thread was deserved.

    USFS tweeted today:
    "NEWS: 2007 World Champion Brian Joubert has withdrawn from #SA2013"
    (No reason given)

    L'Equipe article was published today, Oct. 14:
    Quote Originally Posted by marysy View Post
    The interview is quite long and covers his career, including where he is now. Fairly in depth and he's pretty honest on the whole, including about past events and Olympics. He acknowledges that FFSG is pushing Amodio and has a lot less contact with the federation these days but says that he knows Gailhaguet is there should he need advice. Sounds happy to be back in Poitiers and even mentioned skating pairs, possibly with Marchei in Detroit. Said he wouldn't go to Worlds after the Olympics and has already accepted invitations to gala events around that time.

    Don't have time to translate right now, but full text of interview is posted here.

    I'm disappointed not to see him at Skate America but not entirely surprised that he withdrew. It sounds like he's really behind schedule on training, since the new Poitiers rink allowed him to train there only since mid-September, and before that he was working with Guyon commuting an hour away in La-Roche-sur-Yon. He's also been having boot problems and switched back to his old skates.
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    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    Is it too late for a replacement?

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    Joubert for porno contract

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    Very sad news, au revoir Brian.

    hmmm, wonder why he withdrew though?

    ps: I know Brian has said in the past his goal is to be the first skater to have won golds in each GP, and the only one missing on his resume is COC...

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    Quote Originally Posted by peibeck View Post
    Ahhh! Very sad we won't get to see him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by siouxdonym View Post
    Joubert for porno contract
    Mama Mitchell would be appalled by this use of her emoticon!

    Anyway, apparently he has galas lined up for next year so that's a no go

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    Is that SFW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post
    Is it too late for a replacement?
    That's what I want to know...fill in the blanks

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    According to L'Equipe, this is the FFSG's doing. Is that even allowed, to WD a skater who is assigned and plans to go? As a top-12 finisher at Worlds, Joubert has earned two assignments; is this something that's at the discretion of the federations?

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    http://www.lequipe.fr/Patinage-artis...ctionne/408965

    L'Equipe is reporting that he was withdrawn from SA as a sanction for not attending Masters:

    The day the world champion took part in the French Olympic media day, where he was even among the three contenders for the role of flag-bearer for the Games in Sochi (Russia) in February, Brian Joubert has been sanctioned by his own federation. The news was made ​​official by the American federation, which announced the withdrawal of the French world champion in 2007 and triple European champion from the Skate America, which will open the International Olympic season on Friday.

    Why? Didier Gailhaguet, president of the FFSG did not want to answer. But down the wire, we can guess pretty well the reasons for this choice, predictable for the last ten days. The Orleans masters was on 4 and 5 October, the traditional review of skaters preparations. An event from which Joubert, inadequately prepared, had dared to withdraw. From the evening of October 5, MM. Gailhaguet and Xavier Sendra, DTN, considered depriving a man of sixteen international medals from this first stage of the Grand Prix. A real punishment for the 29 year old Poitevin who hoped begin his final season, where his senior career began in late 2001.

    One could imagine that this withdrawal was due to a lack of form. Even his coach, Veronique Guyon, confessed that he remained "physically fragile" . But reached by telephone Saturday, Brian Joubert was enthusiastic, he had found the quadruple jump necessary for any respectable performance and was not even worried about not having yet received his airline tickets to Detroit, Michigan. He thought it would be delivered to him on Monday at CNOSF, at the same time that Jason Lamy-Chappuis was designated as flag bearer. Instead he received this opposition.
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    How rude of the FFSG to deprive me of seeing Baboo!

    Time for Gailhaguet to go to the guillotine!!!
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    A Joubert/Marchei team would be interesting, whether competitive or exhibition. Didn't they date in the past? I hope he doesn't have any further problems with the French federation, especially with the Olympics coming up.

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    I still don't understand how this is the FFSG's call to make. This isn't some kind of national event, it's a GP organized by another federation to which Joubert was assigned based on his placement at Worlds. I don't get how this is their assignment to control.

    I suppose Joubert is being made an example of to show the other French skaters what happens when you don't do exactly as you're told.

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    Why didn't he just go ahead and skate at the Orleans Masters?

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    Unfortunate

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    What a shame!

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    Brian Joubert was invited by the ISU to compete in the Grand Prix, as he finished in the top 12 at Worlds as stated above. I also think that the Federations only can decide the spots for their home skaters when they host an event, but they cannot decide about the other entries in the Grand Prix. If this story is indeed true, it will be interesting if the ISU reacts in any way. They are probably not amused. Or what happens if Joubert complains to the ISU?

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    Such ridiculous abuse of a system during a season during which so many athletes are putting their all into the possibility that they might have an opportunity to compete at a Grand Prix and perform for an international audience during the season when the sport gets the most attention.

    Instead of attention to the fine athletes and skating, there is this pathological indulgence it almost seems, whereby the conversations and focus instead will be away from the ice, to the federations and their leaders, to controversies and missed/messed up opportunities.

    I do hope they are able to mobilize the alternate for this event.

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    Why would the FFSG care so much about Brian attending Masters to the point of sanctioning him for missing it? Maybe this is just a lot of smoke and mirrors so that it doesn't seem like all French men are not in top shape at the moment and it's just meanie federation acting up instead. After the Anissina comeback story I expect anything really...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    I still don't understand how this is the FFSG's call to make. This isn't some kind of national event, it's a GP organized by another federation to which Joubert was assigned based on his placement at Worlds. I don't get how this is their assignment to control.

    I suppose Joubert is being made an example of to show the other French skaters what happens when you don't do exactly as you're told.
    Technically the Federations are responsible for communicating withdrawals from the ISU, and if there are any French Federation ground rules preventing them from withdrawing Joubert, I'm not sure they are worth any more of the rules DG has flaunted during his presidency. I suppose Joubert could have gone to court, but SA would be over by then -- he expected his ticket to show up today, and Gailhauguet was clearly withholding the info from him -- and it doesn't sound like he is interested in fighting Gailhaguet at this point.

    It worked out for the SA organizers in that Joubert probably sold most of the tickets he would have sold to the event already, and by considering it as early as the 5 October, in the period for which there are no guidelines or requirements for replacements, but announcing it late, USFS does not have to make a replacement. They could choose a cheaper one, Rogozine, and avoid inviting one of the skaters who train in Russia -- it takes Ge a century to get a visa to anywhere -- but at this point, they probably won't have to.
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