Chafik Besseghier

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Chafik Besseghier
2011 TEB Free 008 Chafik Besseghier.jpg
Besseghier in 2011
Personal information
Country represented France
Born (1989-10-11) 11 October 1989 (age 27)
Grenoble, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Coach Stanick Jeannette
Former coach Annick Dumont, Claude Péri-Thévenard, Francoise Bonnard, Veronique Cartau-Treille
Choreographer Allen Schramm, Laurie May
Former choreographer Stanick Jeannette, Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Amaury Reot
Skating club Gimp Grenoble
Training locations Grenoble
Former training locations Paris
Began skating 2002
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 239.39
2017 World Team Trophy
Short program 81.93
2017 World Team Trophy
Free skate 157.46
2017 World Team Trophy

Chafik Besseghier (born 11 October 1989) is a French figure skater. He is a two-time International Cup of Nice champion and the 2016 French national champion. He has won a total of fourteen senior international medals and finished in the top ten at three ISU Championships (2014 Worlds, 2013 Europeans, 2017 Europeans).

Personal life[edit]

Chafik Besseghier was born in Grenoble, France.[1] His parents are from Algeria, close to Oran, and he has two siblings.[2][3]


Early years[edit]

Besseghier began skating at a relatively late age, almost 13, in August 2002.[3] Within a year, he had landed all the double jumps, and was landing triples by the end of his second year.[4] Training in Grenoble, he competed mostly domestically before making his ISU Junior Grand Prix debut in 2008.

In the 2009–10 season, Besseghier won the bronze medal at the Crystal Skate of Romania and 2010 Triglav Trophy.

2010–11 season[edit]

In 2010, he was invited to his first senior Grand Prix event, the 2010 Trophée Éric Bompard. After landing his first quadruple-triple jump combination in the short program, he was in fourth place, with the second-highest technical score. He made several mistakes in the free skate and placed fifth overall.[5]

2011–12 season[edit]

Prior to the 2011–12 season, Besseghier spent several months working with Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[6] He was the silver medalist at the 2011 Coupe de Nice, where he won the free skate.[7] Besseghier again competed at the Trophée Éric Bompard, coming in ninth. Competing with tendinitis in his knee,[8] he won the bronze medal at the 2012 French Championships and placed 12th in his European Championship debut. At the end of the season, he moved from Grenoble to Paris.[9][10]

2012–13 season[edit]

Besseghier was awarded a silver medal at the 2013 French Championships and placed ninth at the 2013 European Championships.

2013–14 season[edit]

Besseghier injured his ankle in October 2013 at the Master's de Patinage.[11] He withdrew from his two Grand Prix assignments, the 2013 NHK Trophy and 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard.[12] Besseghier placed 12th at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest. After scoring well at the International Challenge Cup, he was selected for his first World Championships.[13] Setting personal best scores in both programs, he finished ninth overall at the event in Saitama, Japan.

2014–15 season[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, Besseghier was selected to compete at two Grand Prix events, the 2014 Skate America and 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard.[14] He finished 7th and 9th at the two events, respectively. He withdrew from the 2015 Europeans and placed 18th at the 2015 Worlds.

2015–16 season[edit]

In late August 2015, Besseghier began visiting Russian coach Elena Buianova in Moscow,[15] although Annick Dumont remained his main coach. He began the 2015–16 season by winning gold at the Lombardia Trophy and International Cup of Nice, before winning the French national title in December.

Besseghier withdrew from the 2016 European Championships after rupturing a ligament in his right ankle.[16][17] He placed 20th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston. He trained under Dumont in Champigny-sur-Marne until the end of the season.[18]

2016–17 season[edit]

Besseghier changed coaches ahead of the 2016–17 season, deciding to rejoin Stanick Jeannette in Grenoble.[1] He placed 9th at the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and 17th at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to his world result, France qualified a spot in the men's event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Reborn - Renaissance
    by Era
  • Les Mille et une Nuit
    by Alf
    choreo. by Laurie May
  • Heat
  • Mountain Legends
    by Clozee
  • Road Game
    by Kavinsky
  • You and Me
    by Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle
  • Heat
  • Mountain Legends
    by Clozee
    choreo. by Allen Schramm, Stanick Jeannette
  • Freestyler
    by Boom Funk
  • Paris – Texas
  • Nuttin' But Stringz
  • Piano in Concerto
    by Maksim Mrvica
  • Hallelujah
    by Grégory Morant

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Worlds 9th 18th 20th 17th
Europeans 12th 9th 12th WD WD 9th
GP NHK Trophy WD 9th
GP Rostelecom 8th
GP Skate America 7th
GP Trophée 5th 9th 7th WD 9th 10th 8th
Challenge Cup 3rd 3rd
Crystal Skate 3rd 1st 1st
Cup of Nice 5th 6th 2nd 9th 1st 1st
Cup of Tyrol 1st
DS Cup 2nd
FBMA Trophy 1st
Ice Challenge 4th
Lombardia 1st
MNNT Cup 2nd
Mont Blanc 3rd
Nepela Trophy 11th
Nordics 1st
NRW Trophy 4th
Triglav Trophy 3rd 6th
Universiade 5th
International: Junior[23]
JGP Spain 6th
Cup of Nice 6th J 3rd J
Gardena 7th J
French Champ. 17th 12th 9th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd
Masters 3rd 3rd WD
Team events
World Team
6th T
8th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.


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  2. ^ a b Berlot, Jean-Christophe (14 April 2014). "'Le chat Chafik' steps out of countrymen's shadows". 
  3. ^ a b Repellin, Clément (16 November 2011). "Le gamin patineur des quartiers a imposé son "sport pour fille"". Le Nouvel Observateur (in French). Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (30 November 2010). "The change of the guard in French men's skating". 
  5. ^ Bod, Titanilla (6 December 2010). "The memorable debut of Chafik Besseghier". Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Kany, Klaus-Reinhold (1 December 2011). "Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen: Building Champions". IFS Magazine. 
  7. ^ "Alaskan wins international figure skating title". Anchorage Daily News. 29 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Sougey, Frédéric (21 January 2012). "Patinage artistique : Chafik Besseghier veut se faire un nom" [Figure skating: Chafik Besseghier wants to make a name for himself]. Le Monde (in French). 
  9. ^ a b "Chafik BESSEGHIER: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Chafik BESSEGHIER: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (7 October 2013). "French skaters debut programs in Orléans". IceNetwork. 
  12. ^ Nony, Céline (13 November 2013). "Sans Besseghier, ni Ponsart" [Besseghier and Ponsart withdraw from Bompard]. L'Équipe (in French). 
  13. ^ "Besseghier: "Je veux marquer les esprits"" [Besseghier: I want to make an impression]. Le Dauphiné (in French). 26 March 2014. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/15 - Men" (PDF). International Skating Union. 28 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Shkrebtienko, Oxana (9 October 2015). "Chafik Besseghier: "I want to be the first!"". 
  16. ^ Lagneux, Benoît (19 January 2016). "Le Grenoblois Besseghier n’ira pas aux championnats d'Europe" [Grenoble's Besseghier won't compete at European Championships]. Le Dauphine (in French). Archived from the original on 19 January 2016. 
  17. ^ Lagneux, Benoît (7 January 2016). "Besseghier, ligament touché" [Besseghier has a ligament injury]. Le Dauphine (in French). Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Chafik BESSEGHIER: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Ilina, Alexandra (1 July 2015). "„Reborn Era“ für Chafik Besseghier" ["Reborn Era" for Chafik Besseghier]. (in German). 
  20. ^ "Chafik BESSEGHIER: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Chafik BESSEGHIER: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Chafik BESSEGHIER: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. 
  23. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Chafik BESSEGHIER". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

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