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.