First senior competition of the year, the Masters
is the first occasion for the skaters to present their new
programs to the judges.
Using a James Bond theme for his short
, Brian delivered a good program, even though
the quadruple-triple combinaison was not perfect. Behind
him stood Yannick Ponsero and Alban Préaubert, Frédéric
Dambier, the french vice-champion, being only in 6th place
due to two mistakes on jumps.
At the beginning of his long program,
skated to 'Lord of the dance', Brian landed a good quadruple
toe, followed by a light triple Axel, and a triple flip
- double toe combo. The rest of the program was also of
high level, despite a hand down on the triple loop, a
double Lutz instead of a triple, and the second triple
Axel changed at the last moment for a triple Salchow.
The foot of Brian did wobble shortly before the take off,
so he decided to change the Axel into a Salchow, a decision
that his coach qualified as 'intelligent, because he
would have never landed the Axel in those conditions'.
This wobble may be due to the ice as another competitor
had the same problem at this very place of the rink. Overall,
Brian's long program was very energetic, with a lot of
expression, fast step sequence (one straight, one circular),
and fast spins all with edge changes. He logically won
the free program and the competition. Yannick Ponsero
and Alban Préaubert had problems with jumps, Samuel
Contesti (2nd) and Frédéric Dambier (3rd)
took their place aside Brian on the podium; they were
all congratulated by Alain Calmat, a former sport minister
and world champion. Brian will now have to increase the
difficulty of his program, which he downgraded to skate
clean, but the season looks promising !
Two questions to the coach :
What is your opinon about you student at this competition
Brian know his programs, they are ready, the public and
the judge like them, so that part of the work is already
done. Technically Brian is ready with his jumps, step
sequences, spins, his physical condition is great. The
only thing that he lacks at this period of the season
is that he has to feel confident with every part of the
programs, he has to skate them almost automatically. For
example in his long program the preparation of the Lutz
was too short and then he was too close to the board
but that's normal at this stage of the season, it's ony
the beginning, with more work and more competitions everything
will be smoother and come along more naturally.
Which points will you specifically
work on when you will be back in Poitiers ?
We are going to work on every part of the program, separately.
Brian must be at ease with every part of his program to
skate them naturally, without wondering if he must shorten
a trajectory, etc
Brian wants to win everything
this season, including the OG, so winning the Masters
is like a first step. He will skate next at the Skate
America. We will bring with us the two versions of the
costumes : for each program two costumes are ready, we
will try them with different audiences and judges and
keep the best ones.
interviewed by the French TV