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Joubert training in Princeton with Platov

Skater getting assistance with 2008-09 programs

Brian Joubert, the No. 1-ranked men's skater in the world, will skate at the 2008 Coupe de Nice.
Brian Joubert, the No. 1-ranked men's skater in the world, will skate at the 2008 Coupe de Nice. (Getty Images)

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By Lois Elfman, special to icenetwork.com
(05/22/2008) - Reigning world silver medalist and 2007 world champion Brian Joubert, from France, is currently in New Jersey having his programs for the 2008-09 season choreographed by two-time Olympic ice dance gold medalist Evgeny Platov. The two had previously worked together when Joubert spent time studying with Tatiana Tarasova and Platov was part of her coaching team.

"I enjoy working with Brian," said Platov. "He's a very talented guy. Obviously, he likes to work with me and that's why he came back."

Platov said Joubert approached him at worlds in Gothenburg about doing the choreography. The two are currently on the ice at the Princeton Sports Center creating both short and long programs.

"He's picking up everything so fast," said Platov, who accepts only a small number of choreography requests. "I'm not that person who will be making a hundred programs a year. I want to do less, but more quality, especially with unique people like Brian and my own students (British ice dancers Sinead and John Kerr).

"For every skater, the best way to express themselves is first to find somebody who they're comfortable working with and also try to find their own face," he added. "If a skater is doing choreography with somebody and they're not comfortable and they're losing their face that's the biggest minus. Biggest plus are people who find a new kind of expression, but still keep their own kind of style."