The Press Conference after the MenÂ’s Short Program

By Helga Dobor, Titanilla Bőd
Photos © Helga Dobor

Tomas Verner (1 st): I have to confess that I was really nervous. I thought I had some experience from starting last (at last year’s European Championships he started last also), but every year is different. We are the same skaters but it’s still different. I thought I did my best in practice. I was pretty nervous to skate last. I basically did a clean program but with many small errors, so I was not really satisfied at the end of my program, I was just happy to be done. I have to say that it was not easy to skate today.

Last year the situation was the same, you won the short program. But then you couldn’t keep your position in the long program. Did you learn something from that situation?

I was asked this question many times already. I don’t feel any different. I was supposed to learn from last year, but honestly, I didn’t learn anything. Anyway, tomorrow is another day. There is nothing to win and nothing to lose, just fight and that’s it.

Brian Joubert (2 nd): I am very disappointed with my performance. I made two big mistakes. The mistake on the quad wasn’t so bad; I didn’t lose too many points on it. But my triple Axel was very bad, I was slow and nervous and that is why I didn’t make it. I was confident and ready during the warm-up, I took my time. But when the program started I became very nervous. Another problem is that I haven’t competed much this sexason but tomorrow is a new day. There’ll be a big fight tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.

Stéphane Lambiel (3 rd) I don’t think I have to explain anything, you could see what I did. I am not scared of tomorrow; I actually look forward to it. I do have enough energy and strength to do my best and I do hope for a better performance. For me it is very hard to skate after a big mistake in the beginning, and I hesitated and did only a triple toeloop. It was a big mistake.



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