Andrée Brunet

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Andrée Brunet
Andrée and Pierre Brunet 1933b.jpg
Andrée and Pierre Brunet in 1933
Personal information
Full name Andrée Brunet
Alternative names Andrée Joly
Born (1901-09-16)16 September 1901
Paris, France
Died 30 March 1993(1993-03-30) (aged 91)
Boyne City, Michigan, United States
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Partner Pierre Brunet
Retired 1936

Andrée Brunet (née Joly, 16 September 1901 – 30 March 1993) was a French figure skater. Together with her husband Pierre Brunet she won Olympic medals in 1924, 1928 and 1932, as well as four world titles between 1926 and 1932 in pair skating. She also competed in singles, winning the national title in 1921–1930 and finishing fifth at the 1924 Winter Olympics.[1]


Andrée and Pierre are credited with creating mirror skating, new jumps, lifts, and spins.[2] At their first Olympic games, the 1924 Games in Chamonix, they performed more skills than any pair previously had. However, the judges thought they performed too many tricks, and they were awarded only the bronze. Other skaters took note though, and the Joly/Brunet style quickly became common in the sport.[3] Joly and Brunet continued to perform skills previously unseen in pair skating. Joly was also among the first female skaters to wear a black dress to match her partner's outfit, rather than the traditional white dress.[4]

Andrée and Pierre soon became the leading skating pair. They were French national champions from 1924 until 1935, and won four World Championships, competing in alternate years (1926, 1928, 1930, and 1932). They were Olympic champions in 1928 and 1932. They refused to defend their title at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 Winter Olympics, however, in protest of Nazi Germany.[2][5]

Joly and Brunet also competed in individual events—Joly placed 5th and 11th at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics, respectively.[6] She was also the French women's champion from 1921 to 1931.[2]

Pierre and Andrée were married in 1929 (and thereafter competed under the name "Brunet" instead of her maiden name "Joly"). In 1936 they turned professional at toured Europe and Canada. In 1940 they emigrated to the United States. They became coaches, and trained future Olympic champions Carol Heiss and Scott Hamilton. They coached in New York, Illinois, and Michigan until retiring in 1979.[1]

The couple had a son, Jean-Pierre, who became the U.S. pairs champion with Donna Jeanne Pospisil in 1945 and 1946.

The Brunets were inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976.[7]


Ladies singles

Event 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930
Winter Olympic Games 5th 11th
French Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Pairs (with Pierre Brunet)

Event 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935
Winter Olympic Games 3rd 1st 1st
World Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 1st
French Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b Andrée Brunet-Joly.
  2. ^ a b c Andrée Brunet and Pierre Brunet. Encyclopædia Britannica.
  3. ^ Figure Skaters—Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet, accessed 12 July 2006.
  4. ^ Andrée Joly & Pierre Brunet at, accessed 12 July 2006.
  5. ^ Great Olympians Biographies – BR, accessed 12 July 2006.
  6. ^ Great Olympians Biographies – JO, accessed 12 July 2006.
  7. ^ Hall of Fame inductees,

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