Shortly after that, Joubert learned that he would not be going to Detroit for the first of his Grand Prix assignments of the season, Skate America. Some suggested that the French federation wanted to punish him for withdrawing from the French Masters at the last minute, which the Federation strongly denied afterward.
"At least I would have liked it to be more open," Joubert said. "There was no discussion at all. The French federation could have at least called me. I tried to call them several times, as I was worried not to receive my plane tickets, but no one ever answered."
At the end of last season, it seemed obvious that both Florent Amodio and Joubert would qualify easily for the Olympics (France has won two berths for Sochi). Joubert's poor shape at the end of the summer made some wonder whether he would be selected at all.
So for now, Joubert is training hard to catch time back. The good thing with him is that, as one of his teammates suggested, "We know that we can trust him to be ready when it matters." Joubert's next Grand Prix is supposed to be the Rostelecom Cup next week. It should provide a hint on what his real form is.