Alban Préaubert

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Alban Préaubert
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Préaubert at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard.
Personal information
Full name Alban Préaubert
Country represented  France
Born (1985-09-20) 20 September 1985 (age 28)
Home town Paris
Residence Evry
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Coach Annick Dumont
Pierre Trente
Thierry Gasc
Alain Fusco
Former coach Elena Issatchenko
Philippe Pélissier
Choreographer Romain Haguenauer
Pasquale Camerlengo
Former choreographer Karine Arribert
Corinne Meunier
Nikolai Morozov
Muriel Zazoui
Skating club CMSG Charleville Mezieres
Training locations Champigny-sur-Marne, Courchevel
Began skating 1991
World standing 14 (As of 16 June 2011)[1]
Season's bests 22 (2010–2011)[2]
24 (2009–2010)[3]
10 (2008–2009)[4]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 222.44
2008 Trophée Eric Bompard
Short program 76.37
2010 Europeans
Free skate 149.20
2008 Trophée Eric Bompard

Alban Préaubert (born 20 September 1985 in Grenoble, France) is a French figure skater. He is a five-time (2006, 2008–2011) French bronze medalist.

Early years[edit]

Alban Préaubert's father hoped to have his son ski, but this did not prove successful, so his father decided to take son to the rink to try skating to improve his balance. The younger Préaubert was immediately attracted to skating.[5]

In his early career, he trained with Elena Issatchenko, champion of the USSR in 1965 and 1966, at Charleville-Mezieres. He later moved to work with coach Annick Dumont.

Préaubert had some success as a junior skater, winning the French junior national title and a medal on the junior Grand Prix circuit. He skated at both junior and senior events in 2004-5 before moving on to the senior ranks.

Senior career[edit]

Préaubert in 2009

Préaubert had a successful season in his first full year as a senior, with a podium finish at the 2006 French nationals, a 6th place showing at his first Europeans, and an 8th place in his World Championships debut.

For the 2006-7 Grand Prix season, Préaubert was assigned to 2006 Skate America and the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard; he won the bronze and silver medals, respectively,[6] qualifying him for the Grand Prix Final, where he finished fourth. He again finished sixth at the European Championships, but dropped out of the top ten at Worlds.

In 2007-8, Préaubert was again assigned to Skate America and the Trophée Eric Bompard; a fifth place finish at Skate America dropped him out of contention for the Grand Prix final. He was tenth at the European Championships and was forced to withdraw from Worlds due to a back injury.[7]

Préaubert began the 2008-9 season by defeating his countryman Brian Joubert at the French Masters and winning his third Trophée Eric Bompard medal, a bronze. He also won the bronze at the Cup of Russia and was an alternate for the Grand Prix Final. He finished third at French Nationals and was selected to go to Europeans, where he finished in fifth place, but was only third among the French skaters. As a result, Préaubert was not chosen to compete at the World Championships.[8]

In the 2009-10 season, Préaubert again medalled on the Grand Prix circuit, winning bronze at Skate Canada. He again finished third at French nationals. The French men were competing for only two spots at the Olympics, and Préaubert, along with runner-up Yannick Ponsero, were selected for the European Championships only. There, Préaubert came in 7th. In March 2010, he participated in a French federation test skate to determine the second entry for the World Championships; Brian Joubert was eventually chosen.

Préaubert finished fifth and sixth at his two Grand Prix assignments in 2010-11, and followed this with his fifth bronze medal at French nationals.

Personal life[edit]

Préaubert continued his studies during his skating career, focusing on economy and management. He graduated with an MBA from ESCP Europe in May 2010.[9][10] He has stated that he may be involved in sports management in the future.[11] As of 2011, he works for an asset management company in Paris.[12]

He also plays tennis, basketball (a member of local league team), and has a red belt in judo.[5]


Préaubert performs his Rolling Stones program in 2009
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2010–2011 Turtle shoes
by Bobby McFerrin
Three Piano Pieces No. 2 in E-flat major
by Franz Schubert
Twist and shout
by the Beatles
When a Man Loves a Woman
by Percy Sledge
by The Isley Brothers
2009–2010 Orange Mecanique
arranged by Maxim Rodriguez
Rolling Stones medley El Tango
by Mickels Réa
2008–2009 Exit Music
by Radiohead
& Les bateliers de la Volga
by Maxime Rodriguez
Go down Moses
by Louis Armstrong
I Put a Spell on You
by Screamin Jay Hawkins
2007–2008 Parisienne Walkways
by Gary Moore
The Addams Family
by Marc Shaiman
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Soundtrack by Wojciech Kilar
Interview with the Vampire
Soundtrack by Elliot Goldenthal
Navras from The Matrix Revolutions
by Nino Ferrer
2006–2007 Night on Bald Mountain
by Modest Mussorgsky
Le vol du bourdon
by Robert Wells
Mike Hammer
Soundtrack by Franz Waxman
Swing Kids
The Mask
Soundtrack by James Horner
If You Go Away
by Shirley Bassey
You Are So Beautiful
by Joe Cocker
2005–2006 Night on Bald Mountain
by Modest Mussorgsky
Le vol du bourdon
by Robert Wells
Blues Jazz selection
by Dave Brubeck
Paris Texas
Soundtrack by Ry Cooder
The Doors
Brice de Nice
by Ray Charles
2004–2005 Jaleo Project
by Louis Winsberg
Adios nonio
by Ástor Piazzolla
Queen medley
2003–2004 The Köln Concert
by Keith Jarrett
fr:Hugues Le Bars selection Robot
2002–2003 The Köln Concert
by Keith Jarrett
Santana, Daft Punk, Peter Gabriel selection I feel good
by James Brown

Competitive highlights[edit]

Préaubert after winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard


Event/Season 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
World Championships 8th 11th WD
European Championships 6th 6th 10th 5th 7th 10th
French Championships 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
French Masters 5th 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd
Grand Prix Final 4th
Trophée Eric Bompard 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th
Skate Canada International 3rd 6th
Cup of Russia 6th 3rd 5th
Skate America 3rd 5th
Cup of China 9th
Coupe Internationale de Nice 2nd 3rd
Winter Universiade 6th 3rd
Ice Challenge 3rd
Triglav Trophy 1st
  • WD = Withdrawn


Event/Season 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
World Junior Championships 3rd 4th 9th
French Championships 7th J. 2nd J. 1st J. 6th
French Masters 3rd 2nd
Trophée Eric Bompard 8th
NHK Trophy 10th
Junior Grand Prix, Croatia 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Slovenia 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Slovakia 11th
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 8th
  • J = Junior level


  1. ^ "ISU World Standings for Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance : Men". International Skating Union. June 16, 2011. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2010/2011 : Men". International Skating Union. April 28, 2011. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2009/2010 : Men". International Skating Union. March 25, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Men". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (August 13, 2007). "French Funny Man". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Joubert wins Trophee Eric Bompard gold". GoldenSkate. November 26, 2006. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (October 5, 2008). "Preaubert surprises Joubert at French Masters". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bod, Titanilla (2009). "Alban Preaubert: "I skate for my own pleasure, not for the results"". Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ Peret, Paul (February 2, 2011). "Préaubert Takes a Classical Approach". IFS Magazine. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ Louvet, Bertrand-Régis (May 28, 2010). "Un 16/20 pour Alban Préaubert". Le Parisien. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (February 29, 2008). "Preaubert balanced on and off ice". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Pohu, Sylvain (October 6, 2011). "Patinage artistique / La carrière en pointillés d'Alban Préaubert" [The career of Alban Préaubert]. L'Union. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 

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