Delobel and Schoenfelder at the 2008 Skate America.
|Born||17 June 1978|
|Residence||Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Former coach||Muriel Zazoui, Romain Haguenauer, Tatiana Tarasova, Lydie Bontemps|
|Former choreographer||Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, O. Biollet, Tatiana Tarasova, Nikolai Morozov|
|Skating club||CSG Lyon|
|ISU personal best scores|
Isabelle Delobel (born 17 June 1978) is a French former competitive ice dancer. With partner Olivier Schoenfelder, she is the 2008 World champion, the 2007 European champion, and the 2008 Grand Prix Final champion.
Delobel and Schoenfelder retired from competitive skating following the 2010 Winter Olympics, having skated together for two decades.
Delobel and Schoenfelder were paired together in 1990 by coach Lydie Bontemps on the suggestion of Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov. They won a silver medal at 1996 Junior Worlds before turning senior prior to the 1996–97 season. They won their first Grand Prix medal at the 1999 Skate Canada. Early in their career, they were coached by Muriel Boucher-Zazoui in Lyon, France. Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov were their choreographers from 1998–2002 and their coaches from 2000–2002 in Newington, Connecticut. While practising a lift at French Nationals in December 2001, Delobel tore an abdominal muscle, keeping her off the ice for six weeks and forcing the team to miss the European Championships. Feeling more comfortable in France, Delobel and Schoenfelder decided to return to Lyon and Boucher-Zazoui after the 2001–2002 season.
Delobel and Schoenfelder often finished just outside the medals at major events, including a 4th place at the 2006 Olympics, less than two points behind the bronze medalists. The following season, they won their only European title but were unable to win a medal at Worlds.
Delobel and Schoenfelder did not repeat as European champions the following year, finishing second. They then went on to win the 2008 World Championships. They were first in both the compulsory and original dance portions of the event, and second in the free dance. They considered retiring but decided to continue competing.
They began the 2008–09 season with wins in all three Grand Prix appearances – Skate America, Trophée Eric Bompard, and the Grand Prix Final. During their gala exhibition performance at the Grand Prix Final in December 2009, Delobel suffered a shoulder injury and underwent surgery on January 5, 2009, causing them to miss the remainder of the season.
Delobel became pregnant during the injury layoff. She and Schoenfelder trained cautiously, with Marie-France Dubreuil substituting for Delobel in lifts. Dubreuil, along with Patrice Lauzon, also choreographed their final free dance. Occasional falls caused Delobel to leave the ice in late July.
Delobel's son was born in October and she returned to the ice toward the end of the month, beginning three-a-day sessions and intense physical training in November. They also skipped French Nationals and the European Championships in order to spend more time on training. The two returned in time for the Vancouver Olympics, competing just four-and-a-half months after she had given birth and announcing it would be their final competition. They finished sixth and retired from competitive skating. They continue to skate together in shows.
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|Grand Prix Final||5th||6th||6th||4th||3rd||1st|
|GP Cup of China||3rd|
|GP Cup of Russia||3rd|
|GP NHK Trophy||7th||4th||3rd||1st|
|GP Skate America||3rd||2nd||1st|
|GP Skate Canada||7th||3rd||5th||4th|
|French Champ.||3rd J.||1st J.||4th||4th||3rd||2nd||2nd||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st|
|GP = Grand Prix (Champions Series 1995–1997); J. = Junior level|
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Media related to Isabelle Deobel at Wikimedia Commons
- Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder official website
- Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder at the International Skating Union
- Isabelle Delobel at the Internet Movie Database