Didier Gailhaguet

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Didier Gailhaguet (born 22 August 1953 in Béziers, France) is a former French figure skater and the president of the Fédération française des sports de glace.

Gailhaguet was a central figure in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games figure skating scandal, in which French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne said that she had judged wrongly in the pairs competition under pressure from Gailhaguet, who was at that time the president of the French federation. Witnesses of Le Gougne's statement were Sally-Anne Stapleford (Great Britain), Britta Lindgren (Sweden), Walburga Grimm (Germany) and Jon Jackson (USA). Gailhaguet's chauffeur in Salt Lake City additionally testified to having overheard evidence of his involvement on the scandal. Le Gougne later rescinded her statement and said she had been pressured to make it.

Didier Gailhaguet was excluded for any International Skating Union event for 3 years, beginning 30 April 2002, and has been excluded as an ISU council member. He resigned as president of the French Ice Sports Federation on 12 May 2004, but was re-elected to that position in December 2007.

Earlier in his career, Gailhaguet was the coach of French skater Surya Bonaly.


Event 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
Winter Olympics 13th
World Championships 19th 10th 13th 10th 13th
European Championships 19th 10th 8th 7th 9th
French Championships 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st