Sarah Abitbol

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Sarah Abitbol
Abitbol bernadis.jpg
Abitbol and partner Stéphane Bernadis compete in 2001.
Personal information
Country representedFrance
Born (1975-06-08) 8 June 1975 (age 44)
Nantes, France
Height1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
PartnerStéphane Bernadis
Former coachJean-Christophe Simond
Stanislav Leonovich
Jean-Roland Racle
Former choreographerTatiana Tarasova
Skating clubFrancais Volants Paris
Former training locationsParis
Began skating1982

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.[1] She teamed up with Stéphane Bernadis in 1992.[1] Abitbol/Bernadis were coached by Jean-Roland Racle early in their career and then by Stanislav Leonovich in Paris.[2]

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.[3][4][5] Bernadis said he had received a death threat three weeks earlier.[6] 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.[7]

An injury to Bernadis led the pair to withdraw after the short program from the 2001 World Championships.[8] They qualified for the 2002 Olympics by winning the 2001 Golden Spin of Zagreb.[8] 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.[7][9] After the 2003 European Championships, the pair changed coaches, moving to Jean-Christophe Simond.[7]

Abitbol/Bernadis worked on throw triple axels.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Abitbol married Jean-Louis Lacaille in 2009.[10][11] Their daughter, Stella, was born in June 2011.[12]


(with Bernadis)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • The Addams Family
    by Marc Shaiman

  • Egyptian
  • Ninja
    by Maxime Rodriguez
  • Tristan & Iseult
    by Maxime Rodriguez
  • El Conquistador
    by Maxime Rodriguez
  • Ange et Démon
    (Angel And The Devil)
    by Maxime Rodriguez

  • La Sirène
    by Maxime Rodriguez
  • El Conquistador
    by Maxime Rodriguez
  • Ultra Techno
    by Kevin B
  • Classical

  • Dancing Men Terminator
    by Kevin B


with Bernadis

GP: Champions Series / Grand Prix

Event 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03
Winter Olympics 6th WD
World Champ. 19th 9th 11th 7th 8th 5th 3rd WD 12th
European Champ. 14th 15th 7th 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
GP Final 4th 2nd 5th 6th
GP Cup of Russia 3rd
GP Int. Paris /
Troph. France/Lalique
7th 8th 6th 7th 4th 5th 1st 1st 4th 3rd 2nd
GP Nations/Spark. 7th 9th 1st
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 2nd
GP Skate America 10th 6th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 3rd 5th 3rd
Golden Spin 1st
Japan Open 2nd
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd
Skate Israel 1st
French Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mittan, J. Barry (1996). "Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis". Archived from the original on May 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Sarah ABITBOL / Stephane BERNADIS: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  3. ^ "French skater attacked in hotel". Deseret News. 28 March 2000. Archived from the original on 21 November 2012.
  4. ^ "A problem-plagued championship". Associated Press. ESPN. 29 March 2000. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008.
  5. ^ Froissart, Lionel (30 March 2000). "Patinage artistique. Malgré l'agression de Stéphane Bernadis, le couple français est troisième des championnats du monde. Les coups volent bas derrière la glace" [Figure skating. Despite the attack on Stéphane Bernadis, the French pair are third at the World Championships.]. Libération (in French). Archived from the original on 21 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Skater Bernadis had death threat before attack". Reuters. Deseret News. 31 March 2000. Archived from the original on 21 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Sarah ABITBOL / Stephane BERNADIS: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 June 2003.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  8. ^ a b c "Sarah ABITBOL / Stephane BERNADIS: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  9. ^ Mittan, Barry (23 April 2003). "Abitbol and Bernadis Try to Be Different". GoldenSkate.
  10. ^ "Sarah Abitbol: la jolie patineuse artistique... s'est mariée !" [Sarah Abitbol is married] (in French). 3 September 2009.
  11. ^ "Sarah Abitbol" (in French). Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Sarah Abitbol est maman" [Sarah Abitbol now a mother] (in French). 18 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Sarah ABITBOL / Stephane BERNADIS: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 December 2001.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  14. ^ a b "Sarah ABITBOL / Stephane BERNADIS". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 January 2017.

External links[edit]

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