World Figure Skating Championships 2006 (Calgary, Canada)
Photo REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski
|The Men’s Qualifying Round|
March 20, 2006
Joubert opened his program to the “Matrix” soundtrack with a quadruple-triple toeloop combination
(but he did a three turn out of the last jump) followed by a triple flip-double toe-double toe and a triple Axel.
The Frenchman also completed a triple Lutz, Flip and toeloop as well as good spins, but he doubled
both the loop and Salchow. Joubert scored 136.20 points (64.00/72.20).
“I suddenly felt tired, that’s too bad,
because the beginning of the program was super strong and I think it has been a long time since I felt so good.
Maybe I made a few errors later, but I’m still satisfied. I wasn’t tired for the loop (he doubled), it was really just for the
Salchow, for the last two jumps”, the 21-year-old explained. “Lord of the Dance was a too difficult program for me.
I chose Matrix, because Matrix was always my best program”, he answered when asked why he went back to an old
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
|The Men’s Short Program|
March 21, 2006
“I felt good from the very beginning. The quad (toe) didn’t take off well, but I saved the jump.
I wasn’t perfect on the quad, but I did the triple (for the combination). That’s great. The score is great, 80 points is what
I wanted”, Joubert commented. “When I’m competing, I’m always going for a medal. The most important thing is to feel
good in the program. I felt very good after the Qualifying with my quad-triple (toeloop) and my triple Axel, and I told myself
that bodes well for the Short Program, but the others have been skating well, and there was a lot of stress.”
Photo REUTERS/Shaun Best
|The Mens’ Free Skating|
March 23, 2006
Second to skate in the final group was Brian Joubert.
He looked focused when he took his starting position. Skating to “The Matrix”, the Frenchman nailed a
quadruple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, a triple flip-double toeloop, a triple Axel and then another
quadruple toeloop right in front of his coach Andrei Berezintsev who threw his arms up in triumph.
Joubert went on to complete a triple loop, flip, Lutz and Salchow as well as good spins to achieve a new personal
best score of 156.47 points (79.99 element score/76.48 program component score).
The 21-year-old racked up a total
score of 270.83 points and moved up one spot. Joubert had gone back to his old program “The Matrix”
with which has had his most success for far, when he won the 2004 European Championships and the silver at Worlds.
“I was confident before my Free Skating. I was very happy about it. I did a Free Program with two
quads, this was very important for me. The season was difficult. My Free Skating program (“Lord of the Dance”) was
too difficult for me. I love the music, but it was too much for me. Therefore I didn’t perform it well. When I went back to
“Matrix”, it was magic. My jumps were good after two days. 2005 wasn’t a good season and this one was difficult.
It’s gerat to win this medal. Two silver medals are good. I can be World Champion, I know that”, Joubert commented.
|Interview ESPN (Kurt Browning, Terry Gannon)|
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TG: It’s James Bond everyone... Well that’s the short program. Brian Joubert, the silver medallist this year. And congratulations first of all
BJ: Thank you.
TG: You go back to the matrix program for your free skate, one in which you won the silver medal with a few years ago at the worlds. Keanu Reeves is good for you.
BJ: Yeah this program for me is very good and I feel very confident with this program and um…right after the Olympic game, um I decided to come back to the matrix program and I think it was a good idea
KB: Let’s have a look, if we’re lucky, we get to see…here’s your quad…what are you thinking when you look at yourself do this?
BJ: It was good.
KB: C’est magnifique!
BJ: C’est magnifique, yeah.
KB: You looked different this whole week when I was watching practices at the corale (?), I actually didn’t recognize your silhouette, you thinned out. Fighting weight.
BJ: Yeah you know um, I don’t know but when I came back to this program everything was good, it was magic you know, my jumps was good you know and I did very good practices here
KB: Very good
BJ: And um so, I did it with no question.
TG: It’s the same costume right, did it fit, when you put I back on?
TG: You talked about giving up dessert after the Olympics….
BJ: No but you know after the Olympics I didn’t eat dessert after lunch and it was ok
KB: This is good advice for everyone, you kids at home, give up the dessert
TG: You can be world silver medallist if you give up the dessert! So can you go back to dessert now that you’ve won?
BJ: Now, it’s okay.
TG: Thank you for coming up here to talk to us. Have a good time today… Have some rest….
BJ: Thank you
TG: Brian Joubert, the man from France.
(Transcript by AnnaluvsAlexei from BJDG)