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Gwendal Peizerat running for prez French Fed

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by talulabell, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. tourtiere

    tourtiere Member

    What kind of business experience does Gwendal have that would make him qualified or good at this job?
  2. Rae35

    Rae35 Active Member

    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.
  3. morqet

    morqet rising like a phoenix

    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.
  4. ballettmaus

    ballettmaus Well-Known Member

    Doesn't he also hold a degree in sports management or something along the lines?
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Re-posting from the French news thread:
  6. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    I will be interested to see this result.
  7. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    You would think Peizerat would be a no-brainer, but then again who knows?
  8. Macassar88

    Macassar88 Well-Known Member

    Peizerat will become French Fed president because Didier won't run. Didier will instead oust Cinquanta
  9. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    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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  10. jenniferlyon

    jenniferlyon Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. nuge

    nuge Well-Known Member

    Gwendal for president :cheer::cheer::cheer:
  12. Nours

    Nours Active Member

    Gwendal was caught in a storm with bigger interests than an ice dancing Olys gold and a lot of totally different ISU dirty laundry. You'd prefer he stayed at home and missed his biggest life-achievment oppoturnity (at that point) ? Surely it's a crime to skate.

    Marie-Reine Le Gougne is a member and as it's not yet a total diktatur, she's allowed to run for election yes. Read a bit and you'll find she does every f-time since SLC, nothing surprising, she usually gets between 5-10%, and it's more because she tries to still remain a big player here. Anyway, she has the right to do it even if nobody votes for her.

    I REALLY hope Gwendal wins. But I can already predict the scores. Something between 70-90 % for Didier. Please, prove me wrong this week end !

    All the figure skating world's big name are the same when it comes to lobbying and pushing their skaters. At one point, for a lot of people in the ISU, it was easier to put all the responsabilities for SLC on two sole people. Don't be naive, it was ways bigger than that.
  13. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Why wouldn't she be allowed to run? :confused:
  14. Stephanatic

    Stephanatic Member

  15. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    For one, I think she should have been banned from the sport permanently.

    Secondly, even if the sport still chose not to ban her for life, surely it would be prudent to include language that forbids anyone who has been suspended for unethical sports practices for running for the highest office in that organization. Figure skating has so many serious credibility issues, and it deserves them.
  16. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    And you would have banned her and not the other 4 judges who voted for the russians ? Why ?
  17. antmanb

    antmanb Well-Known Member

    I'm not Michiruwater but my guess would be that she confessed to at least two people that she voted in the way she'd been pressured rather than judging the event, whereas the other 4 judges never said either way. I'd equally say the toe tapping cheating judges should have been banned for life too.
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  18. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    As far as I see it, Le Gougne was picked out as a 'weak link' and was bullied by Stapleford and the rest so that they could get the result that they wanted.
  19. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    I'm actually not certain - was anything everything proven conclusively regarding La Gougne's role in the SLC controversy? I know she confessed and then retracted her confession, and it seems like more of a difficulty in dealing with all the pressure on her than anything else. Of course, a federation president should be able to handle various forms of pressure and agendas, so this doesn't really recommend her for the role. But I imagine that there are active federation presidents who have done far worse than she ever did.

    Which is to say: good luck to Peizerat :)
  20. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    The ISU shut down the investigation before much was proven to any standard beyond the limited suspension she and Gailhauguet received from the ISU, and the IOC was happily compliant. However, she confessed at least twice, in front of the elevators to Stapleford & Co. and when breaking down in the referee's meeting, where she could have contracted her confession and called out Stapleford's bullying. It was only after Gailhaguet spoke to her that she retracted her confession. Lavoie gave a lawyer-vetted written statement that back in the fall at a GP LeGougne told him and a Swiss judge or official that her vote was promised to here friend Alla, after the Swiss witness said she was coming forward.
  21. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    Well, yes, those are the confessions that she later retracted. Who's to say what was really going on? I imagine that as something of a swing vote, Le Gougne was under pressure from everyone.

    Since she's not going to be voted in as FFSG president, I would suggest leaving this dead horse to rest in peace.
  22. MNC

    MNC Bringer of Ice Cream

    Despite the fact that 1 of 11 in the administration of the French fed is female, I do not think that Marie-Reine Le Gougne is a good choice for federation president. I would imagine that the president has to schmooze and politik internationally. I equally imagine that Le Gougne has little pull and few realiable friends/allies in the relevant and other sports both nationally and internationally to support her. The FFSG comprises not only of figure skating/ice dance but several others (including curling), Gwendal has been politiking, making friends across various sports, attending events publicly and making the press aware of it. (Photos of handshaking and articles on whatever event with Gwendal commenting on various relevant issues that pertains to the FFSG and/or the sports that it governs)

    Still, Gailhauguet is a typical oily politician à la Chirac and Berlusconi, that despite scandals and negative opinion still manage to stay/get re-elected to office. Who knows?

    Edit: Gailhauguet is starting to look old and tired: http://www.ouest-france.fr/sports-de-glace-didier-gailhaguet-postule-un-3eme-mandat-2630513
  23. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    My theory is that she saw an opportunity to embarrass Russia and bring scrutiny to the judging of the ice dance event.
  24. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member

    Saw that on the French forum:
    65% for Didier G 513 votes
    34% for Gwendal P 219 votes
    0.6% for Legougne 5 votes
    Waiting for reports!
  25. LittleWalt

    LittleWalt Active Member

    Damn! :(
  26. Stephanatic

    Stephanatic Member

    Quite disappointing, although not at all surprising.
  27. MNC

    MNC Bringer of Ice Cream

    Gailhauguet is one of the old evil lizards, the kind that thrive with power and will do whatever it takes to keep it. (The kind of old lizards that thrive in places like the IOC)

    For any future contender I suggest not just schmoozing fellow athletes, and pushing great ideas, because being the nice clean candidate alone will not be enough.
    This isn't a matter of playing a game "[...] where you win, or you die", but it is a game of power and money.

    Also, one needs to spend lots of time on this, I have no idea how long Gwendal was officially campaigning but it seemed to be a short time.

    Someone needs to hand Gwendal the Blu-ray sets of seasons 1 & 2 of House of Cards (since Netflix isn't available in France yet)
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  28. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    As I feared, Gwendal forgot that what was important was what DG has about the club presidents ... And that's why he's there.
  29. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Anyway, keep up the good fight, Gwendal!!! :cheer:
  30. jenniferlyon

    jenniferlyon Well-Known Member

    Keep fighting the system, Gwendal! Don't give up!!!