Frédéric Dambier

Frédéric Dambier (born 26 December 1977) is a French figure skater. He is a four-time French national silver medalist and competed at two Olympic Games. He twice placed fourth at the European Figure Skating Championships. He is the first French skater to land a quadruple salchow in competition.

Frédéric Dambier
2004 NHK Trophy Men's Podium (cropped) - Frédéric Dambier.jpg
Frédéric Dambier at the 2004 NHK Trophy
Personal information
Country representedFrance
Born (1977-12-26) 26 December 1977 (age 42)
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
CoachPierre Trente
Annick Dumont
ChoreographerAlexander Zhulin
David Wilson
Skating clubCMP Tours
ISU personal best scores
Combined total201.55
2003 Cup of Russia
Short program71.21
2006 Europeans
Free skate134.32
2003 Cup of Russia


Dambier started skating when he was about six or seven years old when a neighbor took him to the small ice rink of Joué les Tours.[1] In practice, he landed his first triple jump, the salchow, at 14, and his first quad salchow when he was 19.[1] He became the first French skater to perform the quad salchow in competition when he landed it at the 1999 Ondrej Nepela Memorial.[2]

Dambier was coached by Annick Gailhaguet, Pierre Trente, Diana Skotnicka and Li Ping, and his choreographers included Olga Leonovich, Shanti Rushpaul and Alexander Zhulin from 2003 to 2006.[1] After retiring from competitive skating in August 2006, Dambier participated in numerous ice shows including Holiday on Ice, Generali on Ice and Les Étoiles de la Glace. He also coached in the clubs of Cape Town in South Africa in 2007.

From 2008 to 2010, Dambier was Sport Director of Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. He works now for the INSEP (National Institute of Sport) and is a member of the Board of the ASPC (Association of Sport Performance Centres). He is a figure skating consultant for the French channel Ma Chaîne Sport and worked as a choreograph for Charles Tetar from 2008 to 2010.

Personal lifeEdit

Dambier married his wife Elodie on 3 August 2003.[2] In 2006–07, he studied at the Centre for Law and Economics of Sport in Limoges and obtained a Master of Law Economics Sports.


Season Short program Free skating
  • Summertime
    (from Porgy and Bess)
    by George Gershwin
  • When the Saints Go Marchin' In
  • Gospel Spirit
    by Maxime Rodriguez
  • Samson and Delilah
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • La bohème
    by Giacomo Puccini
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
    by Peter Gabriel


The men's podium at the 2004 NHK Trophy. From left: Timothy Goebel (2nd), Johnny Weir (1st), Frédéric Dambier (3rd)

GP: Grand Prix

Event 94–95 94–96 96–97 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
Olympics 11th 19th
Worlds 11th 9th 9th
Europeans 8th 5th 8th 4th 7th 4th
GP Cup of Russia 11th 7th 7th 3rd 5th
GP Lalique 7th 12th 8th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Skate America 11th
GP Skate Canada 12th 10th
GP Spark./Bofrost 10th 8th
Finlandia Trophy 1st
Schäfer Memorial 2nd 1st
Merano Cup 1st
Nepela Memorial 3rd
International: Junior[7]
Junior Worlds 22nd
French Champ. 10th 13th 4th 4th 6th 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd


  1. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (18 February 2002). "Years of Hard Work Pay Off for France's Dambier". Golden Skate. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Frederic DAMBIER: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006.
  3. ^ a b c "Frederic DAMBIER: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005.
  4. ^ a b c "Frederic DAMBIER: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004.
  5. ^ a b c "Frederic DAMBIER: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 10 February 2003.
  6. ^ a b c "Frederic DAMBIER: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 June 2002.
  7. ^ a b c d "Frederic DAMBIER: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 17 April 2001.

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