French figure skater Brian Joubert has a long history with homosexuality. But you’d better not call him gay. Gay for pay, however, is a different story. He had no problem posing nude for a gay magazine when he was 19. In fact, he says he enjoyed the experience. But he sued his ex-girlfriend, a former Miss France, for saying he was gay and that she’d been his beard. Taking an ex to court is probably not the best move for landing future girlfriends. But then since Brian is still single at the age of 29, maybe that’s what he intended.
Brain, in case you haven’t figured it out, insist he’s not gay. Frequently. But the subject of homosexuality seem to creep into very interview he gives. Well except for the one where the interviewer said it was time for some girl-talk and then asked him where on his body Brian packed on the poundage. That’d be his thighs and butt according to Joubert. ‘Cuz those are the two body parts straight guys pay the most attention to.
The French-born figure skating hearththrob began his career on ice at the age of 4, and as it seems to be the story for many Olympic male skaters, it was because his older sister was taking figure skating lessons. Brain says he was more interested in hockey than in figure skating, because he thought that figure skating was a sport for girls, not for boys. The following year, he entered his first competition. But in a manly way, of course.
Joubert is always quick to point out there is nothing gay about his skating. ”After you decide on the music and a theme for the program, it’s important that the costume also reflects that. But it doesn’t have to be too feminine, not with too many sequins or too many “decorations” or layers,” he says. “I, myself, don’t like being feminized.” That’s why he skated in a Gladiator outfit for sevral years.
Brain also blames the gay Canadian skaters for changes in his sport in 2004, which enhanced the artistic aspects over the technical ones. “The Canadians created that to encourage North Americans to Vancouver,” he says. “You should be aware that their skaters are often homosexuals and specialize in skating effeminate. Now suddenly, some are past the 10th spot on the podium!”
It sounds like Joubert has a problem with the gays on ice. But not with gay fans. When asked by an interviewer, “After all, it can’t be bad to be wanted by men as much as you’re wanted by women, right?” Brain’s reply was, “Yes, it’s nice.”
Joubert came out into the skating world with his first victory at the 2004 European Championships and silver medal at the World Championships in the same year. Billed by the French media as a top medal contender for the 2006 Winter Olympics, Joubert finished a disappointing sixth. He had a better showing at the 2006 World Championships, winning the short program and finishing with a silver medal behind Stéphane Lambiel. Which, rumor has it, is just what Lambiel prefers.
A three-time European champion, and eight-time French National champion, in total Brian is a six-time World medalist and ten-time European medalist. But has never managed to reach the podium at an Olympics, even though Sochi is his fourth Winter Games where, as the oldest competitor in the men’s event, Joubert was 7th in the short program but only 14th in the free skate, finishing 13th overall. “I just can’t do it at the Olympic Games.” Joubert says. “ Every time it goes badly. I don’t understand why. I can’t explain why.”
Maybe Brain needs to take some tips from those gay Canadian skaters who concern him so much.