Brian Joubert last skated competitively at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where he placed 13th in his fourth and final appearance on an Olympic stage. Immediately following the free skate Joubert retired from the sport. Throughout the remainder of that year he skated in shows and for a short while contemplated switching to the pairs discipline.

But, ultimately, becoming a coach was something he had dreamed about since childhood and was an “obvious step in my involvement in the sport,” Joubert said. “I have extended experience as a high-level athlete, and I hope to be able to pass that on to the next generation of French figure skaters.”

His biggest dream had always been to start his own skating school. That became a reality a little more than a year ago — and naturally it came to life in Poitiers, where he was based throughout his competitive career. Joubert’s club is now home to about 100 young figure skaters of all ages but the training environment is not exactly ideal in his eyes…

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