Gwendal Peizerat

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Gwendal Peizerat
Gwendal Peizerat 2005.jpg
Peizerat in 2005
Personal information
Country represented France
Born (1972-04-21) April 21, 1972 (age 42)
Bron, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Partner Marina Anissina
Former partner Marina Morel
Former coach Muriel Boucher-Zazoui
Skating club CSG Lyon
Retired 2002

Gwendal Peizerat (born April 21, 1972) is a French former competitive ice dancer. With Marina Anissina, he is the 2002 Olympic champion, the 1998 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2000 World champion, and a six-time French national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Both of Gwendal Peizerat's parents were involved in figure skating, his father serving as the general secretary of the French federation and his mother in charge of a club in Lyon.[1] His sister is two years older.

Peizerat holds a management degree from EMLYON Business School, a DEUG in materials science, and a maîtrise in STAPS from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1.[2] He has two daughters, Shanelle (born in 2012), and Lilas (born 21 December 2013).[3][4]

Skating career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Peizerat started skating at age four[1] when he and his sister followed their parents to the ice rink. He went into ice dancing straight away. He was coached by Muriel Boucher-Zazoui since the age of six and throughout his entire career.[5][6]

Boucher-Zazoui paired seven-year-old Peizerat with his first partner, French skater Marina Morel, who was the same age as him; Morel and Peizerat skated together for fourteen years.[6] They won bronze at the 1990 World Junior Championships and then silver the following year. Morel retired in 1992.

Partnership with Anissina[edit]

Following the end of his partnership with Morel, Peizerat responded to a letter he had received a few months earlier from Russian World Junior champion Marina Anissina, who chose him after watching competitions on video.[6]

Anissina arrived in Lyon in February 1993 and wanted to take him to Russia but his family objected.[7][6] She settled in France, focusing intensely on skating and insisting her partner, who was dividing his time between skating and his education, be equally focused on their career.[6] Their first year together produced many quarrels and they came close to splitting up.[6] Their coach Muriel Boucher-Zazoui, however, immediately felt it was a promising partnership, saying "They are like fire and ice".[5]

Anissina and Peizerat were selected for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer but her French citizenship was granted a few weeks too late.[7] The Olympics, unlike most skating competitions, require both partners to be citizens of the country they are representing.

Anissina and Peizerat won the 1998 Olympic bronze medal and 1998 and 1999 World silver medals behind Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov. The Russians retired due to injury and Anissina and Peizerat then developed a rivalry with the Italians Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio. The French won the 2000 European and World Championships.[8] In 2001, Anissina and Peizerat won European and World silver behind the Italians but surged past them in 2002 to reclaim their European title and become the Olympic Champions. At the 2002 Olympics, they led after the compulsory dances and the original dance. Their free dance, Liberty, mixed music with sections from the famed freedom speech by Martin Luther King Jr.; a 5-4 split of the judges' panel had them in first place in this segment ahead of Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh, and they became the first French ice dancers to win the Olympic gold medal.[9]

After the Olympics, Anissina and Peizerat retired from competition but continued skating together for many years in shows around the world.[10] During their career, they represented the club Lyon TSC. Their signature move was Anissina lifting Peizerat off the ice, switching the traditional gender roles in lifts.

Peizerat was named a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit (France) in 1998 and a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 2003.[2] He has done some choreography for other skaters.[11]

Post-skating career[edit]

In 2003, Peizerat founded a consulting firm, Soléus.[2] He has also worked for Eurosport, interviewing athletes.[2]

In 2010, Peizerat was elected regional councillor on the list of the Socialist Party in the Rhone Alpes region and was subsequently appointed Councillor Delegate in charge of sports in the Regional Executive headed by Jean-Jack Queyranne.

Programs[edit]

With Anissina[edit]

Anissina and Peizerat at the 2001–02 GP Final
Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
1993–1994
[12]
  • J'en ai Marre
    by Hugues Le Bars

  • Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
1994–1995
[12]

  • J'en ai Marre
    by Hugues Le Bars
1995–1996
[12]
  • Ay Mi Sombrero
    by Genaro Monreal
1996–1997
[12]
  • Ahla Leila
    by Muhammad Sultan

1997–1998
[12]
Romeo and Juliet
by Sergei Prokofiev:
  • The Montagues and the Capulets
  • Death of Juliet
1998–1999
[12]

The Man in the Iron Mask
by Nick Glennie-Smith:
  • Heart of a King
  • Surrounded
  • Time To Say Goodbye
    performed by Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli
1999–2000
[12]
  • Black Machine
    by Jazz Machine
  • Feeling the Passion
    by Latin Drums
  • Tres Deseos
    by Gloria Estefan

Carmina Burana
by Carl Orff:
  • O Fortuna imperatrix munda
  • Fortune plango vulnera
2000–2001
[13][12]

Beethoven's Last Night
by Trans-Siberian Orchestra:
  • Overture
  • Ode to Joy
  • Dreams of Candlelight
  • Beethoven
2001–2002
[14][12]
  • Flamenco: Malagua
  • Tango de Guell
  • Flamenco: Malagua
  • Susanna
    by VOF de Kunst

With Morel[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
1992–1993
  • French song

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Anissina[edit]

Results[14][13]
International
Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02
Winter Olympics 3rd 1st
World Champ. 10th 6th 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
European Champ. 12th 5th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
GP (CS) Final 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
GP International de Paris /
Trophée de France/Lalique
3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP Nations Cup 1st 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP Skate Canada 2nd 2nd 1st
GP Skate America 2nd 1st
Ondrej Nepela 1st
Piruetten 5th
National
French Champ. 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–96, Grand Prix from 1998–99

With Morel[edit]

International
Event 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93
European Champ. 12th
International de Paris 7th 6th
Piruetten 3rd
International: Junior[15]
World Junior Champ. 3rd 2nd
National
French Champ. 3rd 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mittan, J. Barry (1996). "Fire on the Ice - Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat". Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "La biographie de Gwendal Peizerat" [Gwendal Peizerat biography] (in French). premiere.fr. 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Ohnona, Joachim (31 March 2014). "Gwendal Peizerat : Le patineur surprend en papa rockeur, avec Baby Rock" [Gwendal Peizerat: The skater surprises as rocker dad with Baby Rock]. Pure People (in French). 
  4. ^ Peizerat, Gwendal (22 December 2013). "...she was impatient, so yesterday she was born...and her name is Lilas! ;-)". Twitter.com. 
  5. ^ a b Lecaudey, Martine (2 April 2000). "Marina a choisi Gwendal sur une vidéo" [Marina chose Gwendal after watching him on video] (in French). La Dépêche du Midi. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Anissina-Peizerat, un couple de glace" [Anissina-Peizerat, an ice couple] (in French). Le Point. 1 March 2002. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b van Kote, Gilles (19 February 2002). "Pour Marina Anissina, la voie du succès est passée par l’exil" [The road to success through exile for Marina Anissina]. Le Monde (in French). p. 24. 
  8. ^ Lecaudey, Martine (1 April 2000). "Anissina-Peizerat enfin au sommet" [Anissina-Peizerat finally at the top] (in French). La Dépêche du Midi. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "France's Anissina, Peizerat claim ice dancing event". Associated Press (Sports Illustrated). 18 February 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "L'œil de Marina Anissina" [Under the eye of Marina Anissina]. Sud-Ouest (newspaper) (in French). 5 October 2011. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Bangs, Kathleen (15 September 2003). "Peizerat still 'Peaking'". GoldenSkate. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Free dances - Original dances - Exhibitions - Compulsories list". Archived from the original on 19 July 2006. 
  13. ^ a b "Marina ANISSINA / Gwendal PEIZERAT: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 August 2001. 
  14. ^ a b "Marina ANISSINA / Gwendal PEIZERAT: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 August 2002. 
  15. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Dance". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. 

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