Thursday, November 15, 2007

Uh Oh....

Joubert has with drawn from Trophee Eric Bompard, the 4th pit stop on the Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Apparently his health was on the decline while competing at Skate Canada in Quebec City (might explain his less than stellar Free Skate). Upon return to France his practice sessions were becoming labored and his health continued to spiral downward. He checked into a hospital in Poitiers, France and, on advice from a doctor, made the decision to withdraw from Grand Prix Paris citing "health concerns."

His withdrawal makes it impossible for him to compete at the Grand Prix Final giving new hope to several competitors including Buttle, Chan, Carriere, Davydov, and Mabee. Buttle and Chan probably have the best possibility with 11 points thus far. If any of these guys can do well in their second events they can make the final given Joubert's withdrawal. Wild card Alban Preaubert can even make the final if he can win Trophee Eric Bompard. Who'd a thought the World Champ's withdrawal would make for such an exciting event.

Joubert, I certainly wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you at Europeans.

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