Alban Préaubert

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Alban Préaubert
PREAUBERT 2008TEB by Carmichael.jpg
Préaubert at the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard.
Personal information
Country represented France
Born (1985-09-20) 20 September 1985 (age 31)
Grenoble, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former coach Annick Dumont, Pierre Trente, Thierry Gasc, Alain Fusco, Elena Issatchenko, Philippe Pélissier
Former choreographer Romain Haguenauer, Pasquale Camerlengo, Karine Arribert, Corinne Meunier, Nikolai Morozov, Muriel Zazoui
Skating club CMSG Charleville Mezieres
Training locations Champigny-sur-Marne
Began skating 1991
Retired 2011
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) is a French former competitive figure skater. He won six ISU Grand Prix medals and five French national bronze medals (2006, 2008–11).

Personal life[edit]

Alban Préaubert was born on 20 September 1985 in Grenoble, France.[1] His studies focused on economy and management. He graduated with an MBA from ESCP Europe in May 2010.[2][3] He expressed interest in sports management.[4] As of 2011, he works for an asset management company in Paris.[5] He has a red belt in judo.[6]

Skating career[edit]

Préaubert began skating in 1991.[1] He was immediately attracted to skating after his father brought him to an ice rink to improve his balance for skiing.[6]

Early in his career, he trained with Elena Issatchenko,[7] champion of the USSR in 1965 and 1966, at Charleville-Mezieres. He later moved to work with coach Annick Dumont. Préaubert won the French junior national title and a medal on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. He skated at both junior and senior events in 2004–05.

2005–06 season[edit]

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.

2006–07 season[edit]

For the 2006–07 Grand Prix season, Préaubert was assigned to 2006 Skate America and the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard; he won the bronze and silver medals, respectively,[8] 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.

2007–08 season[edit]

In 2007–08, 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.[9]

2008–09 season[edit]

Préaubert began the 2008–09 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.[10]

2009–10 season[edit]

Préaubert in 2009

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.

2010–11 season[edit]

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. It was his final competitive season.


Préaubert performs his Rolling Stones program in 2009
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Kalinka
  • Les bateliers de la Volga
    by Maxime Rodriguez


  • Night on Bald Mountain
    by Modest Mussorgsky
  • Le vol du bourdon
    by Robert Wells
  • Jaleo Project
    by Louis Winsberg
  • Robot

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11
Worlds 8th 11th WD
Europeans 6th 6th 10th 5th 7th 10th
GP Final 4th
GP Bompard 8th 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th
GP Cup of China 9th
GP Cup of Russia 6th 3rd 5th
GP NHK Trophy 10th
GP Skate Canada 3rd 6th
GP Skate America 3rd 5th
Cup of Nice 2nd 3rd
Ice Challenge 3rd
Triglav Trophy 1st
Universiade 6th 3rd
International: Junior[13]
Junior Worlds 3rd 4th 9th
JGP Croatia 2nd
JGP Germany 8th
JGP Slovakia 11th
JGP Slovenia 4th
French Champ. 7th J. 2nd J. 1st J. 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
Masters 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c "Alban PREAUBERT: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Peret, Paul (February 2, 2011). "Préaubert Takes a Classical Approach". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Louvet, Bertrand-Régis (May 28, 2010). "Un 16/20 pour Alban Préaubert". Le Parisien. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (February 29, 2008). "Preaubert balanced on and off ice". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pohu, Sylvain (October 6, 2011). "Patinage artistique / La carrière en pointillés d'Alban Préaubert" [The career of Alban Préaubert] (in French). L'Union. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (August 13, 2007). "French Funny Man". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Alban PREAUBERT: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 July 2003. 
  8. ^ "Joubert wins Trophee Eric Bompard gold". GoldenSkate. November 26, 2006. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (October 5, 2008). "Preaubert surprises Joubert at French Masters". Icenetwork. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ Bod, Titanilla (2009). "Alban Preaubert: "I skate for my own pleasure, not for the results"". Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Alban PREAUBERT: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Alban PREAUBERT: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Alban PREAUBERT". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Alban Préaubert at Wikimedia Commons