Abitbol and partner Stéphane Bernadis compete in 2001.
8 June 1975 |
|Height||1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)|
|Former coach||Jean-Christophe Simond
|Former choreographer||Tatiana Tarasova|
|Skating club||Francais Volants Paris|
|Former training locations||Paris|
Sarah Abitbol (born 8 June 1975) is a French former pair skater. With skating partner Stéphane Bernadis, she is the 2000 World bronze medalist, the 2000 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, a seven-time European medalist (two silver and five bronze medals), and a ten-time French national champion.
Abitbol began skating at the age of six, choosing skating over swimming when given the choice. She teamed up with Stéphane Bernadis in 1992. Abitbol/Bernadis were coached by Jean-Roland Racle early in their career and then by Stanislav Leonovich in Paris.
At the 2000 World Championships in Nice, France, Bernadis said he was attacked by an unknown assailant with a razor on March 28 when he opened his hotel room door – resulting in an eight-inch cut down his left forearm. Bernadis said he had received a death threat three weeks earlier. At the event, he and Abitbol won the bronze medal, becoming the first French pair skaters to win a World medal since Andrée Brunet / Pierre Brunet won gold in 1932.
An injury to Bernadis led the pair to withdraw after the short program from the 2001 World Championships. They qualified for the 2002 Olympics by winning the 2001 Golden Spin of Zagreb. Abitbol/Bernadis withdrew from the 2002 Olympics after Abitbol's Achilles tendon ruptured in practice – she underwent surgery and was off the ice for six months. After the 2003 European Championships, the pair changed coaches, moving to Jean-Christophe Simond.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
- with Bernadis
|GP Cup of Russia||3rd|
|GP Int. Paris /
|GP NHK Trophy||2nd||2nd|
|GP Skate America||10th||6th||2nd|
|GP Skate Canada||3rd||5th||3rd|
|WD = Withdrew|
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