Isabelle Delobel

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Isabelle Delobel
Isabelle DELOBEL Olivier SCHOENFELDER SA 2008.jpg
Delobel and Schoenfelder at the 2008 Skate America.
Personal information
Country represented France
Born (1978-06-17) 17 June 1978 (age 36)
Residence Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Partner Olivier Schoenfelder
Former coach Muriel Zazoui, Romain Haguenauer, Tatiana Tarasova, Lydie Bontemps
Former choreographer Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, O. Biollet, Tatiana Tarasova, Nikolai Morozov
Skating club CSG Lyon
Began skating 1984
Retired February 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 212.94
2008 Worlds
Comp. dance 41.25
2008 Europeans
Original dance 67.25
2008 Worlds
Free dance 110.39
2005 Worlds

Isabelle Delobel (born 17 June 1978) is a French former competitive ice dancer. With partner Olivier Schoenfelder, she is the 2008 World champion, the 2007 European champion, and the 2008 Grand Prix Final champion.

Delobel and Schoenfelder retired from competitive skating following the 2010 Winter Olympics, having skated together for two decades.

Career[edit]

Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder at the 2008-09 Grand Prix Final

Delobel began skating at age six and began ice dancing after only a year in singles.[1] She skated with her brother, Laurent, for three years.[1] She later moved to train in Lyon.[1]

Delobel and Schoenfelder were paired together in 1990 by coach Lydie Bontemps on the suggestion of Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov.[1][2][3] They won a silver medal at 1996 Junior Worlds before turning senior prior to the 1996–97 season. They won their first Grand Prix medal at the 1999 Skate Canada. Early in their career, they were coached by Muriel Boucher-Zazoui in Lyon, France. Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov were their choreographers from 1998–2002 and their coaches from 2000–2002 in Newington, Connecticut.[1][4] While practising a lift at French Nationals in December 2001, Delobel tore an abdominal muscle, keeping her off the ice for six weeks and forcing the team to miss the European Championships.[1] Feeling more comfortable in France, Delobel and Schoenfelder decided to return to Lyon and Boucher-Zazoui after the 2001–2002 season.[1]

They won their first national championship in the 2002–2003 season. Delobel and Schoenfelder worked with choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo for the 2005-2006 season.[5]

Delobel and Schoenfelder often finished just outside the medals at major events,[6] including a 4th place at the 2006 Olympics, less than two points behind the bronze medalists.[7] The following season, they won their only European title but were unable to win a medal at Worlds.

Delobel and Schoenfelder did not repeat as European champions the following year, finishing second. They then went on to win the 2008 World Championships. They were first in both the compulsory and original dance portions of the event, and second in the free dance.[8] They considered retiring but decided to continue competing.[9]

Delobel and Schoenfelder perform a lift during exhibitions at the 2007 European Championships.

They began the 2008–09 season with wins in all three Grand Prix appearances – Skate America, Trophée Eric Bompard, and the Grand Prix Final. During their gala exhibition performance at the Grand Prix Final in December 2009, Delobel suffered a shoulder injury and underwent surgery on January 5, 2009, causing them to miss the remainder of the season.[2][10]

Delobel became pregnant during the injury layoff.[11] She and Schoenfelder trained cautiously, with Marie-France Dubreuil substituting for Delobel in lifts.[12] Dubreuil, along with Patrice Lauzon, also choreographed their final free dance.[12] Occasional falls caused Delobel to leave the ice in late July.[11]

Delobel's son was born in October and she returned to the ice toward the end of the month, beginning three-a-day sessions and intense physical training in November.[11] They also skipped French Nationals and the European Championships in order to spend more time on training.[11] The two returned in time for the Vancouver Olympics, competing just four-and-a-half months after she had given birth and announcing it would be their final competition.[13] They finished sixth and retired from competitive skating.[14] They continue to skate together in shows.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Delobel's twin sister, Véronique Delobel, also competed in the French national championships[1] and internationally.[16]

Delobel married Ludovic Roux, a bronze medalist at the 1998 Olympics in team Nordic combined, in June 2009, and their son, Loïc, was born on 2 October 2009.[2][13][17]

Programs[edit]

(with Schoenfelder)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2010–2012


2009–2010
[2]
2008–2009 [18][19]
2007–2008
[19][20]
  • Breton Gavotte:Replique by Djal


2006–2007
[19][21]
2005–2006
[22]
  • Le Vol de la Colombe (from Carnival in Venice) by Jacques Azaleig choreo. by Pasquale Camerlengo
  • Diego, libre dans sa tête by Johnny Hallyday
2004–2005
[19][23]
2003–2004 [19][24]
  • Le Magicien by Maxime Rodriguez choreo. by Isabelle Delobel, Olivier Schoenfelder

  • Eternita by Emma Shapplin choreo. by Isabelle Delobel, Olivier Schoenfelder

  • Tango choreo. by Isabelle Delobel, Olivier Schoenfelder
2002–2003[19][25]
  • Mythodea by Vangelis choreo. by Margarita Drobiazko, Povilas Vanagas
  • Le Magicien by Maxime Rodriguez choreo. by Isabelle Delobel, Olivier Schoenfelder

  • Eternita by Emma Shapplin choreo. by Isabelle Delobel, Olivier Schoenfelder

  • Vole by Celine Dion choreo. by Isabelle Delobel, Olivier Schoenfelder
2001–2002 [19][26][27]
  • Vivre pour le meilleur by Johnny Hallyday
    choreo. by Nikolai Morozov, Tatiana Tarasova
  • Vivre pour le meilleur by Johnny Hallyday
    choreo. by Nikolai Morozov, Tatiana Tarasova
2000–2001 [19][28]
  • Vivre pour le meilleur by Johnny Hallyday choreo. by Nikolai Morozov, Tatiana Tarasova

  • Vivre pour le meilleur by Johnny Hallyday choreo. by Nikolai Morozov, Tatiana Tarasova
1999–2000
[19]
  • Love Potion #9 by Hansel Martinez
  • My All by Mariah Carey
  • De Donde say choreo. by Patrick Ribas
  • Avant et Après la pluie
  • Quinquette
  • Steppe by René Aubry choreo. by Nikolai Morozov, Tatiana Tarasova
  • The Fifth Element by Éric Serra choreo. by Isabelle Delobel, Pasquale Camerlengo

1998–1999 [19]
  • Nocturne by Sodane choreo. by Patrick Ribas
1997–1998
[19]
  • James Bond choreo. by Ecole Rosella Hightowes
1996–1997
[19]
  • Tango choreo. by Tatiana Tarasova
1995–1996
1994–1995
  • Quiero Saber
  • Amor Amor

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Schoenfelder)

Results[29]
International
Event 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Olympics 16th 4th 6th
Worlds 18th 14th 11th 13th 12th 9th 6th 4th 5th 4th 1st
Europeans 15th 12th 9th 10th 7th 4th 3rd 4th 1st 2nd
Grand Prix Final 5th 6th 6th 4th 3rd 1st
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 3rd
GP Lalique/Bompard 6th 7th 7th 7th 5th 5th 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 7th 4th 3rd 1st
GP Skate America 3rd 2nd 1st
GP Skate Canada 7th 3rd 5th 4th
GP Sparkassen 5th
Bofrost Cup 2nd
Nebelhorn 3rd
Ondrej Nepela 1st
Lysianne Lauret 4th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 4th 2nd
Odessa Trophy 2nd
Autumn Trophy 1st 4th
Ukraine Trophy 2nd
EYOF 1st
National
French Champ. 3rd J. 1st J. 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Master's 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix (Champions Series 1995–1997); J. = Junior level

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Kempf, Susanne (2005). "Russian Olympic Ice Dance Champions played matchmaker for Delobel&Schoenfelder". Absolute Skating. 
  4. ^ Mittan, J. Barry (1999). "Delobel and Schoenfelder". Archived from the original on 22 April 2003. 
  5. ^ Kempf, Susanne (January 2006). "Catching up with Olivier & Isabelle". Absolute Skating. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Defosseux, Paul (22 March 2008). "French veterans finally dance to world gold". Agence France-Presse (The Sydney Morning Herald). Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "XX Olympic Winter Games - Torino 2006 - Ice Dance - Result". International Skating Union. 
  8. ^ "Delobel and Schoenfelder win ice dance title as Americans miss podium". Associated Press. ESPN. 21 March 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (19 May 2008). "Delobel, Schoenfelder aim for 2010 Olympics". IceNetwork. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (3 March 2009). "Delobel continues rehab of her injured shoulder". IceNetwork. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d Clarey, Christopher (20 February 2010). "From Pregnancy to the Olympic Ice in Under a Year". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Peret, Paul (17 July 2009). "Delobel and Schoenfelder Prepare For Final Season". IFS Magazine. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Armour, Nancy (18 February 2010). "Skating pair Delobel-Schoenfelder back after pregnancy, injury". Associated Press (Cleveland.com). Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Virtue and Moir capture historic Olympic gold". GoldenSkate. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Golinsky, Reut (2010). "A new quest for Olivier Schoenfelder". AbsoluteSkating. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Delobel and Schoenfelder". Icenetwork. 
  17. ^ "Isabelle Delobel is a New Mom". IFS Magazine. 2 October 2009. 
  18. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 6 June 2009. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Programs". Official website of Isabelle Delobel & Olivier Schoenfelder. Absolute Skating. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. 
  21. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2007. 
  22. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 April 2006. 
  23. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. 
  24. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. 
  25. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 8 December 2003. 
  26. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. 
  27. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 December 2001. 
  28. ^ "Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 June 2001. 
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External links[edit]

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