Pierre Brunet (figure skater)

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Pierre Brunet
Pierre and Andrée Brunet 1929.jpg
Pierre and Andrée Brunet on their marriage day in 1929
Personal information
Born (1902-06-28)28 June 1902
Died 27 July 1991(1991-07-27) (aged 89)
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Partner Andrée Joly
Retired 1936

Pierre Émile Ernest Brunet (28 June 1902 – 27 July 1991) was a figure skater. Together with his wife Andrée Brunet he won Olympic medals in 1924, 1928 and 1932, as well as four world titles between 1926 and 1932 in pair skating. He also competed in singles, winning the national title in 1924–1931 and finishing seventh-eighth at the 1924 and 1928 Winter Olympics.[1][2]


Brunet was born in Paris, France. He and his partner Andrée Joly were the French national champions from 1924 until 1935, and won three Olympic medals. They refused to defend their title at the 1936 Winter Olympics, however, in protest over Nazi Germany.[citation needed] The pair won four World Championships, competing in alternate years.

As a single skater, Brunet won ten national titles. He placed 8th (last) as a single skater at the 1924 Winter Olympics and 7th at the 1928 Winter Olympics.[1]

Brunet and Joly were married in 1929. They had a son, Jean-Pierre, who went on to compete for the United States.[1]

In 1936, Brunet and Joly turned professional. They emigrated to the United States in 1940 and became coaches. Brunet's students included Olympic gold-medal winning skaters Carol Heiss and Scott Hamilton in addition to World Champion Donald Jackson.[1]

Pierre Brunet died in Boyne City, Michigan. He was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976.[3]


Men's singles

Event 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931
Winter Olympic Games 8th 7th
World Championships 9th
French Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Pairs (with Andrée Joly)

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 c d Pierre Brunet. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Andrée Brunet and Pierre Brunet. Encyclopædia Britannica.
  3. ^ Hall of Fame inductees, worldskatingmuseum.org

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