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Pascal LavanchyDescription : Pascal Lavanchy (born 20 July 1968) is a French former ice dancer. With partner Sophie Moniotte, he is a two-time World medalist (1994 silver, 1995 bronze) and two-time European medalist (1995 silver, 1997 bronze).Lavanchy began skating in Morzine. He entered ice dancing immediately and partnered with an older skater, Isabelle Marcellin. After their split, he teamed up with Sophie Moniotte.Moniotte/Lavanchy began competing internationally in the 1980s. In 1992, they competed at their first Wi... Page:p

Pascal Lavanchy
Personal information
Country representedFrance
Born(1968-07-20) 20 July 1968 (age 48)
Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Former partnerSophie Moniotte
Isabelle Marcellin
Former skating clubCPH Dijon
Retired1998
Medal record
Figure skating
Ice dancing
Representing  France
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place1995 BirminghamIce dancing
Silver medal – second place1994 ChibaIce dancing
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place1997 ParisIce dancing
Silver medal – second place1995 DortmundIce dancing

Pascal Lavanchy (born 20 July 1968) is a French former ice dancer. With partner Sophie Moniotte, he is a two-time World medalist (1994 silver, 1995 bronze) and two-time European medalist (1995 silver, 1997 bronze).

Skating career

Lavanchy began skating in Morzine. He entered ice dancing immediately and partnered with an older skater, Isabelle Marcellin. After their split, he teamed up with Sophie Moniotte.

Moniotte/Lavanchy began competing internationally in the 1980s. In 1992, they competed at their first Winter Olympics, finishing ninth at the event in Albertville, France.

In the 1993–94 season, Moniotte/Lavanchy stood atop the podium at the 1993 Skate America and 1993 Skate Canada International. They placed fifth at the 1994 European Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark and at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. They were awarded silver at the final event of the season, the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan.

In 1994–95, Moniotte/Lavanchy won the 1994 NHK Trophy and their third consecutive national title. The duo then won silver at the 1995 European Championships in Dortmund, Germany and bronze at the 1995 World Championships in Birmingham, England.

In the 1995–96 season, Moniotte/Lavanchy were invited to compete at two events of the inaugural Champions Series (Grand Prix), the 1995 Skate America and 1995 Nations Cup. They withdrew due to injury. On 19 October 1995, Moniotte fractured the lateral malleolus of her left ankle while training at the Colombes rink. Although she resumed training in January 1996, she had not recovered and the duo ultimately decided to withdraw from the 1996 World Championships.

Moniotte/Lavanchy returned to competition in the 1996–97 season. In October 1996, they finished second to Marina Anissina / Gwendal Peizerat at the French Championships, having placed first in the compulsory and original dances and second in the free dance. Despite the loss of their national title, they edged out Anissina/Peizerat for the bronze medal at the 1997 European Championships in Paris, France. Moniotte/Lavanchy then placed fourth at the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, again finishing as the top French team.

In the 1997–98 season, Moniotte/Lavanchy once again lost to Anissina/Peizerat at the French Championships and then slipped behind internationally, placing seventh at the 1998 European Championships in Milan, Italy. Moniotte/Lavanchy became three-time Olympians at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. They placed 11th and then retired from competition.

Later life

Following the end of his skating career, Lavanchy became a stunt driver.

Programs

(with Moniotte)

SeasonOriginal danceFree danceExhibition
1997–1998
  • Great Balls of Fire
  • Riverdance
    by Bill Whelan
1996–1997
  • Adiós Nonino
    by Ástor Piazzolla
  • Whistle Hora
  • The Two Guitars
    (Russian: Две гитары)
  • Schindler's List
    by John Williams
1995–1996
  • Gypsy folk: ?
  • Kalinka
    by Ivan Larionov
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1994–1995
  • Down for the double Reno
  • Do Right Woman
  • The little man who wasn't there
  • Echoes of Harlem
  • Romping
  • Why don't you do right
    (from Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
  • Do Right Woman
1993–1994
  • A Day in the Life of a Fool
  • Top Hat
  • Shall We Dance
  • Swing Time
  • Follow the Fleet
  • Nessun dorma
    (from Turandot)
    by Giacomo Puccini
1992–1993
  • Black Orpheus
    (Portuguese: Orfeu Negro)
    by Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Carlos Jobim,
    João Gilberto
1991–1992
  • Polka: Don't Cry
  • Beetlejuice
    by Danny Elfman
  • The Witches of Eastwick
    by John Williams

Results

(with Moniotte)

International
Event1986–871987–881988–891989–901990–911991–921992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–98
Olympics9th5th11th
Worlds6th5th2nd3rdWD4th
Europeans11th9th8th6th5th2nd3rd7th
CS Nations CupWD3rd
CS NHK Trophy6th3rd1st1st
CS Skate America2nd1stWD3rd
CS Skate Canada6th2nd1st
CS Int. de Paris6th2nd1st
Karl Schäfer6th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds5th
National
French Champ.3rd2ndWD2nd2nd1st1st1stWD2nd2nd
CS = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–96 (renamed Grand Prix in 1998–99)
WD = Withdrew
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