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Jacqueline Du Bief

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by WayCon, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. WayCon

    WayCon New Member

    Does anyone know anything about Jacqueline Du Bief, the 1952 Ladies World Champion? I can find only what little there is on the French version of Wikipedia. People like Dick Button praise her as being extremely entertaining--"The Wild One of the West (western France)." Thank you in any case.
  2. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    Camel spin wiki says she accidentally invented the illusion spin when she lost control of a camel spin entrance.

    John Curry saw a video of her skating when he was six and told his mother he wanted to be a skater.

    From Figure Skating: A Celebration, by Beverley Smith:
    The page prior has a photo of du Bief doing an inside spread eagle, with the caption reading:

    From Figure Skating, A History by James R. Hines:

    Some more info on her English wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_du_Bief

    A video on ina.fr: http://www.ina.fr/video/CPF86635600/jacqueline-du-bief.fr.html

    Google turns up many photos including this nice one of the 1952 Olympic podium: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/3247463/Hulton-Archive
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  3. millyskate

    millyskate Well-Known Member

    Fascinating video! Thanks for posting. Love the old parisian accents.

    It's a bit :rofl: that the presenter's name is Joubert...
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010
  4. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

  5. Nmsis

    Nmsis Well-Known Member

    Don't you know her ? She was Antoine de Caunes's mother.

    Jacqueline Du Bief was in Lyon in 2006 for the last Euros.
    Maybe she'll come to Nice.
    She is on some photos here with Jacqueline Vaudecrane, her coach (who must be a few years under 100 now).
  6. WayCon

    WayCon New Member

    Thank you to vesperholly and skatesindreams for your input. I'm currently downloading the complete video from ina.com (fortunately, I speak French). Sincerely, WC.
  7. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    Vaudecrane died a few years ago I think.

    As for Mrs Joubert, she was the first female on french TV with some power.
  8. Nmsis

    Nmsis Well-Known Member

    I don't think so. This is nowhere and I'm pretty sure someone from the FFSG would have modified her biography in Wikipedia.
    Plus I think the fed would have proposed her name for that figure skating world hall of fame or whatever. AFAIK they haven't.
  9. Squibble

    Squibble New Member

  10. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    I've probably got a few articles or pics of du Bief in some old magazines which I'll try to dig out. Thanks for the links of Jacqueline Vaudecrane. How old was she in Lyon? 92? Wow she looks AMAZING!
  11. viennese

    viennese Well-Known Member

    Jacqueline du Bief appears in this clip from an episode of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" - the short film "Circus on Ice" preceding the sci fi movie.

    It's an old news film of the Toronto Cricket Club's end of season show, with satirical comedy from the mid 1990s added on. They've got Minnesota accents, so I'd guess that they went to some nutty ice shows when they were kids.
  12. WayCon

    WayCon New Member

    All very interesting. I downloaded the full 23 minute vid that vesperholly mentioned. It cost me 1.99 euro, which showed up on my bank account as, I think, $2.54, so I'm feeling like a bigshot.