Wednesday, December 15

French Nationals: Amodio has a free ticket to Euros, and can Joubert get it together?

The French National Championships begin this weekend, and this post will focus on the mens event.

Grand Prix Finalist Florent Amodio has already secured one of the three entries to the European Championships after his successful start to the season, while a handful of other men are competing for the remaining two spots.

Reigning World bronze medalist Brian Joubert doesn't have much to show yet this season: he was off the podium at the Cup of China, and he withdrew after the short program at Trophee Eric Bompard. Joubert has tried to work with new styles for his programs this season, particularly his long program in which he skates to Beethoven. I'm not convinced that he is fully comfortable with either program just yet, but Brian seems to always be one who pulls it together in the second half of the season. It is no fluke that he's been on the podium at six of the last seven World Championships, and all nine European Championships that he has attended.

Alban Preaubert has to be one of the biggest models of consistency I have ever seen. He delivers clean programs nearly every time out, but his overall skating quality and lack of polish hold him back. Alban had consistent outings on the Grand Prix, but only finished 5th and 6th in his events. He is another skater that has strayed away from his usual comical programs for the free skate, and instead skates to a Schubert piece that remains at the same dynamic throughout. Another consistent outing here should probably be enough to get him on the podium, where he'll most likely have to battle it out with Amodio and Joubert at the European Championships for the two Tokyo Worlds berths.

The aforementioned Trophee Eric Bompard short program found Joubert not only behind Amodio, but also trailing Chafik Besseghier. When he is on, he has absolutely huge jumps and an excitement behind his skating. However, he showed just a day later at Bompard that he still is new to this level of skating and completely fell apart in the first half of his free skate. If he can pull two solid programs together this weekend, he may have a chance at challenging Preaubert or a completely-off Joubert.

Thomas Sosniak and Romain Ponsart both competed on the Junior Grand Prix this season, showing very respectable results. They should most likely round out the top six.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear... I'm feeling nervous - I hope Joubert pulls it together!

LRK

Eve said...

Tony, I was looking on the website for Euros, but I can't find a list of the specific skaters who are competing. Are they up somewhere? I'm going for the Sat & Sun days but am not sure who I'll be seeing.... :X

stefan said...

Nothing about Ponsero ???

Anonymous said...

Brian is first after the short program, something around 77... alban in second, Florent with 2 falls-one in steps in third...

Tony said...

Ponsero isn't skating this year.

To Eve- I'm working on tentative lists for the event. If you go to my main page, it's the post right above this one. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that Amodio didn't skate well in the SP. I think being tired of the GPF and the jetlag is only a minor factor, but I really believe that his confidence cracked at the GPF. It was the first disappointment of his career so far.
Remember that he won nationals last year while everyone was expecting Ponsero or Preaubert, he did well at Olympics and Worlds for his first appearence and he was the big surprise of the grand prix series this year (I think that almost nobody expected him to qualify for the GPF at the beginning of the season).
Although he entered the GPF with nothing to lose, I think he was overwhelmed.
I think the most important thing to have as a figure skating is confidence. If you are confident, you nail the most difficult elements and the performance sparkles. If you are not, you fall and the performance falls flat. And Amodio now falls in the second category.

Anonymous said...

BJ won!

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Has anyone seen Joubert's new costume? It reminds me so much of a costume Yagudin wore in 2001 I think, look at this:
Yagudin:
http://www.lilywhite.us/Yagudin.jpg
Joubert:
http://www.sport.fr/photos/Joubert-a-reconquis-son-titre-204718.jpg
He's always trying to copy Yagudin! terrible...

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