On this page I'll describe Brian's life and
career: the successes and failures, the joys and sorrows.
Brian stepped on the ice for the first time at 4, at
the rink of Poitiers, following the steps of his elder sisters. He liked the contact with the ice immediately, and even though
he started with hockey, he later switched to figure skating (still, he sometimes puts the pick-less skates after a practice
session). He rapidly took part in competitions, a few in ice-dance with his sister. He has been detected as a promising skater
at a young age, and at 6-7 Véronique Guyon-Desgardins noticed him; maybe he was not the most successful skater among
the other kids, but he already had a fighting spirit and didn't really spend his time close to the board... Véronique was
his coach until 2002. From 2002 until 2004 his coach has been Laurent Depouilly, and starting with the summer of 2004,
Brian will be coached by former European, World and Olympic champion, Alexei Yagudin. Had he not persevered in figure skating, Brian would have none the less practiced a sport, maybe as a
Regarding studies, Brian is actually following a normal year, with major in science. He concentrated more on skating
during the 2001-2002 season as he skated at Europeans (bronze medal!) and World Championships, and at the Olympic Games. In
the long term spectre, Brian thinks about getting his diploma to become a coach, and why not, later becoming the manager of
the French Team.
His main goal is clear: to become
European (done that!), World (got silver last year!) and Olympic (trying to that in 2006!) champion!
best souvenir so far : the parade of the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
His best element in skating : jumps! with four
rotations if possible... The loop is his least-favoured jump, even though he has already landed it in combination after a
triple flip. Besides the jumps, another element he likes is the simple forward crossovers, because "when you do them
right you don't feel the ice anymore".
At a Glance
Date of Birth: 20.09.1984
Height: 1.75 m
Weight: 74 kg
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Took Up Skating: 4 years old
Performances: National Champion, European Champion and Vice-Champion, World
Coach: Veronique Guyon, also under the guidance of Alexei Yagudin