Stéphane Lambiel

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Stéphane Lambiel
Lambiel at the 2010 European Championships.jpg
Personal information
Country represented Switzerland
Born (1985-04-02) 2 April 1985 (age 30)
Martigny, Valais
Home town Saxon
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Former coach Peter Grütter, Viktor Petrenko, Galina Zmievskaya, Cédric Monod
Choreographer Salome Brunner
Former choreographer Antonio Najarro
Skating club Patineurs de Genève
Training locations Geneva
Former training locations Lausanne
Began skating 1992
Retired 9 March 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 246.72
2010 Winter Olympics
Short program 84.63
2010 Winter Olympics
Free skate 162.09
2010 Winter Olympics

Stéphane Lambiel (born 2 April 1985 in Martigny, Valais) is a Swiss figure skater and a choreographer. He is a two-time (2005–2006) World Champion, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time (2005, 2007) Grand Prix Champion and a nine-time (2001–08, 2010) Swiss national champion. Lambiel is known for his spins and is credited with popularizing some spin positions.

Personal life[edit]

Lambiel grew up in Saxon, Switzerland. Lambiel's mother is originally from Lisbon, Portugal, and his father is from Isérables, Switzerland.[1] He has a sister, Silvia (born in 1982), and a brother, Christophe (born in 1989).[1] His parents divorced in 1999.[2] Lambiel lives in Lausanne, Switzerland and received his "maturité" (matura) in biology and chemistry in June 2004.[3]

A native speaker of French, Lambiel also speaks Portuguese, German (not Swiss German), and English, and is learning Italian.[4][5]

Competitive career[edit]

Unlike most figure skaters, Lambiel can spin and jump in both counter-clockwise and clock-wise directions.[4] He is able to do successive double axels, changing his rotation direction between each one, but stopped training it.[4] Lambiel had recurring injuries in both his knees, requiring him to miss exhibitions and training time, but his problems were resolved in 2009.[2] He assisted in designing his own costumes.[6]

Early career[edit]

Lambiel began skating when he was seven in Saxon, Switzerland, following in his sister's footsteps.[2][4] His mother wanted him to play hockey but he was more interested in jumping.[4] Around 1995, Lambiel began training in Geneva, coached by Peter Grütter.[7][8][9] When ice was unavailable in Geneva, generally from April to June, he trained in Germany, sometimes in Oberstdorf.[4] Salomé Brunner became his main choreographer in 1996.[8][10][11]

Lambiel landed his first triple toe loop at age ten.[4] As the novice national champion of Switzerland, he performed in the gala at the 1997 World Championships, held in Lausanne.[2] He won the junior national champion for the next two years and spent three years on the junior Grand Prix circuit, winning two medals during this time. Due to the high cost of a season (100,000 Swiss francs), his village created a fan club to help raise funds after his parents' divorce in 1999.[2] Lambiel won his first senior national title in the 2001 season, aged 15. He made his senior debut at the 2001 Europeans, finishing ninth, and was fifth at the 2001 World Junior Championships.

The next season, Lambiel turned senior and finished 6th in his first senior Grand Prix, the 2001 Trophée Lalique. The Swiss skating federation told him that they would send him to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City if he placed in the top twelve at the 2002 European Championships. Lambiel placed fourth and was sent to the Olympics, where he finished 15th. He was 18th at the 2002 Worlds.

Lambiel underwent knee surgery in November 2002.[12] He placed fifth at the 2003 European Championships and moved up to tenth at Worlds. In the 2003-2004 season, he was sixth at the 2004 European Championships and fourth at the 2004 World Championships.

2004–2005 season[edit]

Lambiel at the 2005 World Championships.

In autumn 2004, Lambiel underwent an operation on the meniscus in his left knee.[13] Around October, he began training in Lausanne, coached by Cédric Monod.[13] Majda and Jean-Sébastien Scharl became his physical trainers in November 2004.[8]

Lambiel missed the 2004–05 ISU Grand Prix season but returned in time for the 2005 European Championships where he placed fourth. At the 2005 World Championships, held in Moscow, Russia, Lambiel was ahead of Evgeni Plushenko after the qualifying round and short program. Plushenko then withdrew from the competition with an injury. Skating to the King Arthur soundtrack in the long program, Lambiel landed two quadruple toe loops and gave an overall strong performance to win his first World championship; it was also his first medal at an ISU championship. He became the first Swiss man to win the event since Hans Gerschwiler did so in 1947.[14]

2005–2006 season[edit]

With Lambiel training mostly in Geneva with Peter Grütter, Lambiel and Monod decided to end their collaboration in late September 2005.[13]

Lambiel won silver medals at both his Grand Prix events and won the Grand Prix Final. He came in second at the 2006 European Championships in Lyon, France, behind Plushenko. Lambiel went into the 2006 Olympic Games, in Turin, Italy, with a strong chance to medal. He was third after the short program and only placed fourth in the long program, but was able to win the silver medal when other contenders faltered. Lambiel did not complete a triple axel at the Olympics, but he did land a clean quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop-double loop combination. Lambiel became the first Swiss figure skater since 1948 to win an Olympic medal.

Plushenko chose not to go to the 2006 World Championships, and Lambiel was considered a favorite to defend his title. He was first after the qualifying round, fourth in the short program and first in the long program, and became the first Swiss skater ever to be a two-time World Champion.

After the 2005–06 season, Lambiel participated in the Champions on Ice tour.

2006–2007 season[edit]

Lambiel began the 2006–2007 season with a win at Skate Canada, where he finished seventh in the short program but first in the free skate. He was also assigned to the 2006 NHK Trophy, but withdrew prior to the event, citing health reasons.[15] He recovered in time to skate at the Swiss Championships, where he won his seventh national title.

On 16 January, Lambiel withdrew from the 2007 European Championships, citing burnout.[16] He returned to compete at the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. In the short program, Lambiel fell on his triple axel and only tripled the first jump in his intended quadruple toe loop-double toe loop combination, finishing sixth. He did better in the long program, landing two quadruple toe loops and a triple axel, and earning high program component scores and a level four for three of his spins. Lambiel finished in 2nd on the night and third overall behind Brian Joubert and Daisuke Takahashi.

2007–2008 season[edit]

In 2007, Lambiel finished 3rd at the Cup of China and 2nd at the Cup of Russia, qualifying him for the Grand Prix Final. He won the event for a second time in his career with 239.10 points, only 0.16 points ahead of Daisuke Takahashi.

At the 2008 European Championships in Zagreb, Lambiel had a disappointing short program, falling on his triple axel and managing only a triple toe loop-double loop combination; he placed 4th. He finished 2nd in the long program after landing a quadruple toe loop-double toe loop-double loop combination and earning 80 points in program components score for his Flamenco program, a very high score at that time. He won his second European silver medal, behind Czech Tomáš Verner.[17]

At the 2008 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lambiel fell on his triple axel and put his hand down on a quadruple toe loop in the short program, leaving him in fifth place going into the free skate. In the free skate, he stepped out of his triple axel attempt, put his hand down again on the quadruple toe loop in his combination, and then stepped out of his solo quadruple toe loop. He finished in fifth place overall.[18]

Lambiel changed coaches in early June 2008, moving to the United States to work with Viktor Petrenko and Galina Zmievskaya in Wayne, New Jersey.[19][20]

2008–2009 season[edit]

Lambiel was scheduled to compete at Grand Prix events in Canada and France but withdrew from both events.[20] He announced his retirement from competitive skating on 16 October 2008, citing an injury to the adductor muscle in one of his thighs.[20] He said, "It's seven months that I've been going to see the best doctors. I still have the pain and it's really not possible to train like that. I didn't have the ability to reach my objectives."[20] He performed in many shows in Switzerland, France, Italy, South Korea and Japan, as well as the Canadian Stars on Ice tour.

In a 2008 interview, Alexei Mishin called him an "outstanding artist and spins genius" and added that his retirement was an "immense loss".[21] According to Mishin, Lambiel was "strangled by the modern figure skating regulations".[21]

2009–2010 season[edit]

On 25 July 2009, Lambiel announced that he would return to competitive skating and try to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Although his training was still slightly affected, he said the injury was under control.[22] He rejoined Peter Grütter in Switzerland.[23]

Lambiel began his season at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, which was the qualifying competition for countries that did not already have Olympic slots.[24] Lambiel finished first in the short with 77.45 points, falling on his quadruple toe-loop but receiving a level four on all of his spins. He also won the free skate with a score of 154.91 points; he landed a quadruple toe loop-double toe loop-double toe loop combination and a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and received a level four on two of his spins. His program components score was high in both segments of the competition and he won the title with 232.36 points, qualifying Switzerland for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Lambiel won his ninth national title at the 2010 Swiss Championships. He placed first in both the short program and the free skate to win the gold medal with a total of 244.23 points, 44.78 ahead of Jamal Othman. He then competed in the 2010 European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, where he placed fifth in the short program with 77.75 points, after having problems with his quadruple toe-loop. He rebounded in the free skate, earning 160.79 points to win the silver medal. His program components score of 85.00 was the highest of the night.[25] Overall, he scored 238.54 points, 16.85 behind Evgeni Plushenko.

Lambiel was the flag bearer for Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[26] At the Olympics, he was fifth in the short program with a score of 84.63 points and third in the free skate with a score of 162.09, a new personal best. He finished 4th with 246.72, behind medalists Evan Lysacek, Plushenko and Daisuke Takahashi.

A day after the long program, Lambiel announced that he had long intended to sit out the 2010 World Championships.[27] On 9 March 2010, he announced his retirement from competition.[28]

Later career[edit]

Ice shows[edit]

Lambiel competed in a new ABC skating series, "Thin Ice," which aired on 19 March 2010, after announcing his retirement from competition on 9 March 2010. He was paired with Shizuka Arakawa, and the two finished third, winning a total of $45,000. They skated to "Get Me Bodied" by Beyoncé and "Magic" by Robin Thicke. As a result of his participation in the show, he lost his ISU eligibility. After negotiations, the ISU allowed him to perform in the exhibition gala at the 2011 European Championships in Switzerland.[29]

Lambiel performed in Kings On Ice in Russia, alongside Brian Joubert, Johnny Weir and Evgeni Plushenko.[30] He also took part in ice shows in Sweden, Eastern Europe, Germany, Japan, China and South Korea,[31][32] including All that skate, headlined by Kim Yuna, and Opera On Ice.[33]

Lambiel is the headliner of the ice show Art on Ice.[34] It is most often held in Lausanne and Zurich, Switzerland. He skated a duet with Carolina Kostner in 2012.[35]

Work as choreographer and coach[edit]

Lambiel has started a career as a choreographer.[36][37][38] He has choreographed for:

Lambiel has also done some coaching, working with Paolo Bacchini.[35] In 2014, he founded Skating School of Switzerland in Champéry.[46]

Other work[edit]

Lambiel has many sponsors in Switzerland. In 2007, he designed a Swiss watch called the Spin Master.[47] Lambiel's sponsors[48] included Ford Motor Company, Hublot and Swisscom. In 2007, he appeared in a TV commercial for Fuji Xerox in Japan[49] and Swiss Farmers Union's campaign.[50]

Lambiel supports Moi pour Toit, an NGO involved in building homes and schools for the deprived children of Colombia.[51] He has worked as an ambassador of SOS Children's Villages, visiting the villages in Korea and Vietnam.[52]

Programs[edit]

Lambiel during the exhibition at the 2007-2008 Grand Prix Final.

Post-2010[edit]

Season Exhibition
2014–2015
[53][54][55]
2013–2014
[56][57]
2012–2013
[58][59][60][61]
2011–2012
[32][60][58]
2010–2011
[58]

Pre-2010[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–2010
[58][62]



2008–2009
[58][63]
Did not compete this season

2007–2008
[58][64]


2006–2007
[58][65][66]




2005–2006
[5][58][67][68]




2004–2005
[58][69][70]





2003–2004
[12][58][71]
  • I'm a Doun For Lack o' Johnnie
    (A Little Scottish Fantasy)
    performed by Vanessa-Mae

  • Objection (techno remix)
    by Shakira

2002–2003
[4][58][72][73]

  • Piano Concerto
    by E. Künnecke

2001–2002
[58][74]
1999–2001
[58][75]
  • Triton
    by Joseph Racaille

Competitive highlights[edit]

Lambiel(center) at the 2007-2008 Grand Prix Final.
Results[76]
International
Event 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2009–10
Olympics 15th 2nd 4th
Worlds 18th 10th 4th 1st 1st 3rd 5th
Europeans 9th 4th 5th 6th 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 1st 1st
GP Cup of China 2nd 3rd
GP Cup of Russia 5th 2nd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st
GP Trophée Lalique 6th
Nebelhorn 1st
Ondrej Nepela 1st
Finlandia 11th
Etoiles Glace 1st
International: Junior or novice
Junior Worlds 10th 5th
JGP China 8th
JGP France 8th 9th
JGP Japan 3rd
JGP Mexico 2nd
JGP Norway 7th
EYOF 2nd J.
Triglav Trophy 1st N. 3rd N.
National
Swiss Champ. 1st N. 1st J. 1st J. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Japan Open 3T/1P 2T/2P 1T/1P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
Lambiel did not compete in the 2008–2009 season.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Stéphane Lambiel at Wikimedia Commons

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Philipp Schoch
Flagbearer for   Switzerland
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
Simon Ammann