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Fabian Bourzat
Nathalie PECHALAT Fabian BOURZAT Skate Canada 2009.jpg
Péchalat and Bourzat at 2009 Skate Canada
Personal information
Country represented France
Born 19 December 1980 (1980-12-19) (age 40)
Nantes, France
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 12 in)
Partner Nathalie Péchalat
Former partner Sonia Casagrande, Caroline Truong, Albane Sailloud
Former coach Igor Shpilband, Anjelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo, Alexander Zhulin, Oleg Volkov, Maxim Staviski, Muriel Zazoui, Romain Haguenauer, Dominique Kernersson
Former choreographer Julien Cottereau, Laurie May Ayivigan, Kader Belmoktar, Pasquale Camerlengo, Ilia Constantin, Alexander Zhulin, Antonio Najarro, Mourad Merzouki
Former skating club Les Francais Volants Paris-Bercy
Castres SG
Former training locations Novi, Michigan
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Moscow
Lyon
Began skating 1988
Retired 2014
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 177.22
2014 Winter Olympics
Short dance: 72.78
2014 Winter Olympics
Free dance 107.17
2014 Worlds

Fabian Bourzat (born 19 December 1980) is a French retired ice dancer. With partner Nathalie Péchalat, he is a two-time World bronze medalist (2012, 2014), a two-time European champion (2011–2012), and a five-time French national champion (2009, 2011-2014). They have won five medals at the Grand Prix Final (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and thirteen other Grand Prix medals, including three golds at Cup of China and two at Trophée Eric Bompard.

Personal life

Fabian Bourzat was born 19 December 1980 in Nantes, France. He has two older brothers. As a child, he traveled extensively with his family due to his father's work, returning to France when he was seven. Bourzat studied osteopathy at the Higher Institute of Osteopathy of Lyon.

Early years in skating

Bourzat began skating at the age of six or seven, from the start in ice dancing. Dominique Kernersson coached him in his early years. His early partners included Caroline Truong, Emeline Leroux and Albane Saillou.

Partnership with Péchalat

Nathalie PECHALAT Fabian BOURZAT EC 2009 CD
Péchalat and Bourzat at the 2009 Europeans

In 2000, Bourzat was partnered with Nathalie Péchalat by then-coach Muriel Zazoui. The two did not get along well at first but became friends over time. In a 2011 interview, Péchalat said they had different personalities but that he was the ideal skating partner for her: "He is very gifted. He works through feeling and inspiration. As soon as he feels a move, he can reproduce it and interpret it. He does not need to intellectualize." According to Bourzat, "Nathalie is always pulling the couple ahead and pushing us to work. She brings her extraordinary capacity to work. She always wants to do everything perfectly."

Péchalat/Bourzat were coached by Muriel Boucher-Zazoui and Romain Haguenauer from 2000 to mid-2008 in Lyon, France. From 2000 to 2003, they also worked with Pasquale Camerlengo. They skated as juniors for two years, winning two Junior Grand Prix medals.

2003–2006

Péchalat/Bourzat moved up to seniors at the beginning of the 2002–3 season. They won bronze medals at the 2003 and 2005 Winter Universiade. They made their Worlds debut in 2004, finishing 20th, and their Europeans debut in 2005, placing 12th. The duo competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they came in 18th.

2006–2008

In the 2006–07 season, Péchalat/Bourzat won their first senior Grand Prix medal, a bronze at the 2006 Skate America. Péchalat lost around eight weeks of training in the winter due to a broken hand. The two missed the 2007 European Championships but were able to compete at the 2007 World Championships, where they finished in 12th place.

In the 2007–08 season, Pechalat/Bourzat won silver at both Skate America and the Cup of Russia, and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final, where they finished 6th. They were forced to miss the 2008 French National Championships after Bourzat underwent knee surgery for a torn meniscus, but returned to the ice in time for the 2008 Europeans, finishing 5th. They were 7th at the 2008 Worlds.

In July 2008, Péchalat/Bourzat moved to Moscow to train under Alexander Zhulin, with whom they had spent a few weeks in 2007, and his assistant Oleg Volkov. They said the move was difficult at first due to not knowing the Russian language and Moscow being a very expensive city to live in, however, from a skating perspective they felt it was a good move.

2008–2009 season

Péchalat/Bourzat's 2008–2009 Grand Prix events were Skate Canada and the NHK Trophy. They made some changes to their programs following their 3rd-place finish at Skate Canada, and finished a close second at the NHK Trophy, winning both the original dance and the free dance. They did not qualify for the 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final. In December 2008, Pechalat/Bourzat won their first national title. At the 2009 Europeans, they were second in the free dance and fourth overall, missing out on a medal by less than half a point. They finished 5th at 2009 Worlds.

2009–2010 season

For the 2009–10 season, Péchalat/Bourzat were assigned to the Trophee Eric Bompard and Skate Canada as their Grand Prix events. They finished in second place, behind Canadians Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir, in both events. These results qualified them for their second Grand Prix Final. Prior to the final, Bourzat suffered an ankle injury, but they were able to skate well enough to earn their first GPF medal, a bronze. Following a second consecutive 4th-place finish at Europeans and a 7th place at the Vancouver Olympics, Pechalat/Bourzat elected to return to their Circus free dance from the 2008–9 season. They then finished 4th at 2010 Worlds with new personal best scores in the compulsory dance, the free dance, and overall. They won the small bronze medal for the free dance.

2010–2011 season

European 2011 Nathalie PECHALAT Fabian BOURZAT
Péchalat and Bourzat compete at the 2011 Europeans.

Péchalat/Bourzat began the 2010–11 season with wins at the Nebelhorn Trophy and the Finlandia Trophy; the former was their first international gold medal at any level. They initially used Amélie for their short dance but replaced it with Doctor Zhivago prior to the 2010 Cup of China. Their programs scored well and they won their first Grand Prix by a large margin. They won their second Grand Prix title at 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard. They also set new personal best scores of 65.48 in the short dance and 96.34 in the free dance. Their results qualified them for the Grand Prix Final, where they won the silver medal. Their went on to French nationals, and won their second national title. At the 2011 European Championships they placed first in both the short dance and the free dance to win the gold medal, setting new personal bests in both segments of the competition. It was their first medal at an ISU Championship. They produced France's fifth ice dancing European title.

In mid-February 2011, Péchalat/Bourzat performed in galas in North Korea along with other international skaters. Bourzat said, "Traveling there was not a political act at all. We came as open-minded people, who wanted to discover and exchange."

At the 2011 Worlds, Péchalat/Bourzat set a new personal best in the short dance and were in bronze medal position going into the free dance. They dropped to fourth overall after Bourzat tripped and both fell during a step sequence. Following the event, reports surfaced that Péchalat / Bourzat would move to Michigan to train with Anjelika Krylova and Pasquale Camerlengo.

2011–2012 season

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Nathalie and Fabian at 2012 World Championships.

In May 2011, Péchalat/Bourzat confirmed their move to the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for the 2011–2012 season. They said that Camerlengo was the only coach they considered, based on their past experience of working with him during their time as juniors at Lyon, as well as wanting to continue the technique they learned under Zhulin: "[Krylova] is exactly in Zhulin's footsteps as she perpetuates the basics and technique he taught us." The French dancers remained on good terms with Zhulin and Volkov. In Michigan, they trained three hours a day on the ice and then did off-ice training. They lived close to the rink. They also spent time during the summer in Lyon to work with choreographer Kader Belmoktar on their Egypt-themed free dance.

Péchalat/Bourzat took up the new option of competing at three Grand Prix events and were assigned to 2011 Skate America, 2011 Skate Canada, and 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard. Although Bourzat was ill with bronchitis, they were able to win the silver medal at Skate America. They withdrew from Skate Canada due to Bourzat's bronchitis. After winning the silver medal at the Trophee Eric Bompard, they qualified for their fourth Grand Prix Final. They set a new personal best in the free dance to win the bronze medal at the Final. Their next competition was the French Championships, where they won their third national title.

At the 2012 European Championships, Péchalat/Bourzat were second after the short dance, but rallied in the free dance to win their second consecutive European title. Péchalat sustained a broken nose in training on 13 March. She said: "We just made a mistake during our twizzles, and I got knocked out." She began wearing a mask but decided to delay an operation until after the 2012 World Championships. On March 25, Péchalat/Bourzat confirmed they would compete at the event and said surgery would not be necessary. At the World Championships, they recorded a season's best score in the short dance and a personal best score in the free dance on their way to winning the bronze, their first World medal.

2012–2013 season

Jielbeaumadier Pechalat Bourzat 3 Bompard 2013
Bourzat at Bompard 2013.

Péchalat/Bourzat won gold at both of their events, the 2012 Cup of China and 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard, and qualified for their fourth Grand Prix Final, where they won bronze. On 9 January 2013, Bourzat sustained a partial tear of the adductor muscle of his right leg, resulting in the team's withdrawal from the 2013 European Championships. The duo decided to compete at the 2013 World Championships, motivated in part by the desire to obtain two spots for French ice dancers at the 2014 Olympics. They finished 6th at the event.

On 20 May 2013, at the French skating federation's suggestion, Péchalat/Bourzat announced a coaching change to Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.

2013–2014 season

Péchalat/Bourzat won gold at the 2013 Cup of China ahead of Bobrova/Soloviev. They were bronze medalists at the 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard behind Virtue/Moir and Ilinykh/Katsalapov. At the Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan, the French won the bronze medal, their fifth medal at the event, and then ended 2013 with their fifth national title. They withdrew from the 2014 European Championships to focus on the Olympics.

Péchalat/Bourzat placed fourth at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Although they initially planned to retire right after the Olympics, they ultimately decided to end their competitive career at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. Ranked third in the short dance and second in the free dance, Péchalat/Bourzat ended the competition in third overall, 0.06 of a point behind Italy's Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte and 0.04 behind Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje. They came away with their second World bronze medal. They then retired from competition but said they would continue performing together in shows for one or two years. Bourzat also intended to pursue coaching in collaboration with Shpilband.

Programs

2012 World Championships Dance Podium
Péchalat/Bourzat during the medal ceremony at the 2012 Worlds.
Cup of China 2010 – Dance
Péchalat/Bourzat after winning their first Grand Prix, the 2010 Cup of China.
Jielbeaumadier Pechalat Bourzat Bompard 2010
Péchalat/Bourzat at the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard gala.
Jielbeaumadier Joubert Pechalat Bourzat Amodio WFSC Nice 2012
Péchalat/Bourzat with Brian Joubert and Florent Amodio at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships

(with Pechalat)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–2014
Final version:

Initial version:

  • Slow foxtrot: Big Spender
    by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields
  • Quickstep: Sing, Sing, Sing
    by Louis Prima
  • Charleston: Mein Herr
    by John Kander
    choreo. by Laurie M. Ayivigan
"The Little Prince and his rose":
  • Carrousel
    (from Quidam)
    by Benoit Jutras
  • Droit de Cite
    by Raphael Beaun and Max Steiner
  • Jeux Interdits
    by Fernando Sor
  • Le Petit Prince et sa Rose
    by Maxime Rodriguez
    choreo. by Julien Cottereau
  • Talk to Me

  • The Time of My Life
    (from Dirty Dancing)


2012–2013
  • Polka: Gaîté parisienne
    by Jacques Offenbach
  • Waltz: Sous le ciel de Paris
    performed by Yves Montand
  • Polka: Gaîté parisienne
    by Jacques Offenbach
Rolling Stones medley:
  • Miss You
  • Angie
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Start Me Up

  • Charlie Chaplin medley
2011–2012
"Carnival in Rio"
  • Mas que Nada
    composed by Jorge Ben
    performed by Sérgio Mendes
  • Batucada
    by Abacaxi
  • Real in Rio
    by Sérgio Mendes
    choreo. by Ilia Ifraimov,
    Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova
"Mummy and Pharaoh"
  • Passion
    by Peter Gabriel
  • In The Garden
    by Narada World
  • Le retour de Punt
    by Bernard Becker
  • Alf Layla Wa Layla
    by Ahmad Sidqi
    choreo. by Kader Belmoktar,
    Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova
  • The Time of My Life
    (from Dirty Dancing)
2010–2011


  • Chacun pour soi Tenue de soirée
    by Didier Barbelivien
Original dance
2009–2010
American country:
  • Thank God, I'm a Country Boy
    by Roy Rivers, Dolly Parton
  • It's not over now
    by Dale Watson
    choreo. by Laurie May Ayvignan, P. Narboux
  • Kika
    by Ezekiel
  • Requiem for a Dream
    by Clint Mansell
  • Time
    by Maxime Rodriguez
    choreo. by Kader Belmoktar

Circus theme:

  • La Notte di Favola
    by Nicola Piovani
  • La Marche des Gladiateurs
  • Jonglage
    by Maxime Rodriguez
    choreo. by Julien Cottereau
Circus theme:
  • La Notte di Favola
    by Nicola Piovani
  • La Marche des Gladiateurs
  • Jonglage
    by Maxime Rodriguez

  • Andy
    by Les Rita Mitsouko
2008–2009
  • Lindy hop: It Don't Mean a Thing
    by Puppini Sisters
    choreo. by Laurie May Ayvignan, S. Olive
Circus theme:
  • La Notte di Favola
    by Nicola Piovani
  • La Marche des Gladiateurs
  • Jonglage
    by Maxime Rodriguez
    choreo. by Julien Cottereau
  • Mummy
    by Claude Challe

  • Andy
    by Les Rita Mitsouko
2007–2008
Spanish flamenco:
  • Le Gitare al viento
    by Guadiana
  • Imagen del recuerdo
    by José Mercé
  • Blanca de Plata
    by Guadiana
    choreo. by Antonio Najarro
  • Organ Donor
    by DJ Shadow
  • Marla
    by Michael Simpson, John King
  • Space Monkeys
    by Michael Simpson, John King
    choreo. by Laurie May Ayvignan, Kader Belmoktar
  • Mummy
    by Claude Challe
2006–2007
  • Mi Buenos Aires Querido
    by Carlos Libendinsky
  • Escualo
    by Ástor Piazzolla
    choreo. by Laurie May Ayvignan
  • Four Seasons
    by Assen Merzouki
    choreo. by Mourad Merzouki
  • La Majorette
    by Bénabar

  • Four Seasons
    by Assen Merzouki
    choreo. by Mourad Merzouki
2005–2006
  • Samba: San-A-Samba
    by Rene Aubry
  • Rhumba: And I love Her
    by Jose Alberto
  • Salsa: From Chano
  • Mon cinema
    by Claude Nougaro
2004–2005
  • Slow foxtrot
  • Charleston
  • Quickstep
  • Mon cinema
    by Claude Nougaro
2003–2004
  • Swing, Brother, Swing
    by Casey MacGill
  • If Can't Have You
    by Etta James
  • Swing, Brother, Swing
    by Casey MacGill
    choreo. by Pasquale Camerlengo
  • Babalu
    by Chano
  • Dance of the Soldiers
    by Red Army Choir
  • Hasta Siempre
    by Soledad Brave
  • Demasiado Corazon
    by Willy DeVille
    choreo. by Romain Haguenauer
2002–2003
  • Buddha Bar
    by Claude Challe
  • Elveda
    by Metin Arolat
  • Asla Vazgecemem
    by Tarkan
    version performed by unknown artist
    choreo. by Romain Haguenauer
2001–2002
  • La Historia di un Amor
    by Claude Challe
  • Spanish Waltz
  • La Historia del' Amour
    by Claude Challe
  • Buddha Bar
    by Claude Challe
2000–2001
  • The Sea
  • Katyusha – Midnight in Moscow
  • El Condor Pasa

Competitive highlights

(with Pechalat)

International
Event 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Olympics 18th 7th 4th
Worlds 20th 19th 15th 12th 7th 5th 4th 4th 3rd 6th 3rd
Europeans 12th 11th 5th 4th 4th 1st 1st WD
Grand Prix Final 6th 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd
GP Bompard 9th 8th 8th 5th 7th 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd
GP Cup of China 7th 7th 1st 1st 1st
GP Cup of Russia 5th 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 2nd
GP Skate America 3rd 2nd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 11th 3rd 2nd WD
Finlandia 1st
Nebelhorn 1st
Universiade 3rd 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 8th 6th
JGP Final 7th
JGP China 2nd
JGP France 6th
JGP Japan 2nd
JGP Netherlands 4th
National
French Champ. 1st J. 1st J. 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Masters 1st J. 1st J. 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 6th T
(4th P)
WTT 4th T
(3rd P)
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
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