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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Yes, I don't think he has any realistic chance of winning. The club presidents will probably prefer 'the devil they know' to somebody who's suggesting to make a lot of changes.....
    Yes, but if it's as bad as it sounds, and Gwendal is pushing for the right kind of change, maybe he can sway a few.

    Someone asked who DB was running against when he got 88% of the vote. Does anyone know? maybe he was running unopposed and 12% would rather have no one? LOL
    Erm.... I got nothin'

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    "The French judge" Marie-Reine Le Gougne ran against Gailhaguet in 2010. She received less than 5% of the vote.

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    Re-posting in this relevant thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    The elections for the president of the French Fed are heating up. Gwendal had a press conference to introduce his team and is adding a lot of well-known skaters to his supporting base. The elections will be on June 20-21 at Eurodisney (this is not a joke)
    Didier has not officially said he was running. He may not run if he knows he is going to lose. Le Gougne is also running (this is not a joke).
    Interesting. Go, Gwendal!
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    GOOOOOOOOOOOOO GWENDAL, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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    On Gwendal's facebook page, a letter from Maximin Coia was posted today. He said that he stopped competing even though he had good opportunities (to skate with Vanessa James). He was disgusted by the way the French Fed treated him and the skaters. He thought he was better treated by Skate Canada and that's why he is now coaching in Quebec. He talks about all the negativity that he faced with the French Fed, while he did not face that when he was doing other sports in France: gymnastics, volley-ball, tennis, track and field,...

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    I don't know what Gwendal's chances are to win the elections, but he is probably the most dangerous oponent to Gailhaguet. The French Fed needs changes and Pezeirat is very well capable of doing this. He's got what is needed to be a president : experience of his sport, a big name, recognition of his talent by his sportive world, business qualities and experience, he is young enough and still has enough experience, he seems "serious", he has a project and a vision for his federation.
    The only thing that could prevent Pezeirat from reaching his goal is Gailhaguet's power toward clubs presidents. I don't know what kind of pressure he puts on big clubs to get their voices, but when one gets 88% of votes, it's obviously that there is some kind of pressure behind. However in 2010 Gailhaguet had no really serious oponents. Now it's a different situation.
    I bet Gailhaguet may offer a deal to Pezeirat, like joining his team, allows Gailhaguet to win in exchange of a big position within his team.

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    Gailhaguet goes to every skating rink opening, club gala and synthethic ice winter events. He knows all the club presidents very well and has been schmoozing a lot of them for years....the fed is paying for his travels, so he enjoys going on a power trip everywhere. He does love figure skating and has an opinion on everything. His leadership style is very self-centered and tyranic. The clubs that received the French team olympic tour are going to vote for him.

    But he has pissed off a lot of athletes and clubs over the years. In the social media area, he can't sweep everything under the rug anymore. The athletes have a voice and Gwendal is using it brilliantly to highlight the damages done by Didier over the years.
    I really think that the king will be dethroned this time. Gwendal is running a very public campaign and urging people to go vote. In the past, a lot of presidents would not even bother and give their proxy to someone.

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    I fear DG will win once again in a landslide
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    I really think that the king will be dethroned this time. Gwendal is running a very public campaign and urging people to go vote. In the past, a lot of presidents would not even bother and give their proxy to someone.
    One of the problems in sports administration is complacency. Unless people feel really strong about something, they usually don't care and let the status quo go on for years. Or the only alternative they have is to replace something they don't like with something else they don't like. Not much of a choice.

    That is why it is very difficult for new faces to make an impact.

    Here's hoping Gwendal can go against that trend.
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    Gwendal is smart and with experience. He is well liked and respected among the skating elite. Importantly, he demonstrates the hallmarks of being aware that there are many stake holders whose needs have to be addressed and met. That surely is the mark of a strong, yet compassionate leader who is seeking change through conciliation, communication and improved governance.

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    What kind of business experience does Gwendal have that would make him qualified or good at this job?

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    Check out Wikipedia. No matter what the party,it's not an easy job to wind your way through any political democratic system. That's the experience part. Whether that was a good or bad experience is for him to explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tourtiere View Post
    What kind of business experience does Gwendal have that would make him qualified or good at this job?
    He ran a consultany firm after A/P retired, and has been a regional politician in the Rhone-Alps region & part of the local government with responsibility for Sport since 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morqet View Post
    He ran a consultany firm after A/P retired, and has been a regional politician in the Rhone-Alps region & part of the local government with responsibility for Sport since 2010.
    Doesn't he also hold a degree in sports management or something along the lines?

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    Re-posting from the French news thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by skatak View Post
    The candidates for the election as president of the french federation are :
    - Didier Gailhaguet
    - Marie-Reine Le Gougne
    - Gwendal Peizerat

    The election will be next Saturday, June 21st.
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    I will be interested to see this result.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    You would think Peizerat would be a no-brainer, but then again who knows?
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    Peizerat will become French Fed president because Didier won't run. Didier will instead oust Cinquanta

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    So three central figures in the 2002 scandal are the choices?

    That's kind of hilarious.

    I can't believe Marie-Reine Le Gougne is even allowed to run, or that she would. I mean, seriously?

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    Wishing Gwendal the best! Hopefully he will win and hopefully other skaters will be inspired to run for office within their own federations and take back the sport, one country at a time.

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