Pierre Brunet (figure skater)

Pierre Émile Brunet Ernest ( born June 28, 1902 in Le Quesne, Picardie, † July 27, 1991 in Boyne City, Michigan) was a French figure skater, who started in a single run and pair skating.

In a single run Brunet was seven times champion of France ( 1924-1925 and 1927-1931 ) and took part in a World Cup, namely in Berlin in 1931. There, he placed ninth. He also participated in two Olympic Games. 1924 in Chamonix, he finished eighth place in 1928 in St. Moritz, he finished seventh.

Unequal successful Brunet was with Andrée Joly pair skating. Overall, they were eleven times French champion ( 1924-1933 and 1935 ) and took part in five World Cups. At their first World Cup they won in Vienna in 1925 the silver medal behind Herma Szabo and Ludwig Wrede. For all other entries, 1926 in Berlin, 1928 in London, 1930 in New York and in 1932 in Montreal, the couple became world champion. In 1932 won the Brunets in domestic Paris, in their only European Cup participation, the gold medal. Brunet and Joly denied together a total of three Olympic Games. 1924 in Chamonix, they won the bronze medal behind Helene Engelmann and Alfred Berger from Austria and Ludowika and Walter Jakobsson of Finland, 1928 in St. Moritz and 1932 in Lake Placid, they were Olympic champions. In protest against the Nazis, they waived their possible title defense at the Olympic Winter Games in 1936, but had not contested any more World Cup since 1932.

The pair finished his amateur career in 1936. They were professionals and emigrated in 1940 to the United States. They were later coach. Her students included, among other things Carol Heiss and Scott Hamilton.

Pierre Brunet and Andrée Joly married in 1929. The couple had a son, Jean- Pierre, who was with Donna Jeanne Pospisil in the years 1945 and 1946 U.S. champion in the sport pairs. Jean -Pierre was killed in a car accident in 1948 19 -year-old died.

Pierre Brunet and Andrée were included in the Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976.


Single run

Pair of running

( with Andrée Joly )