|Skating club Gimp Grenoble|
Height 1.71 m
Name Chafik Besseghier
Country represented France
|Choreographer Stanick Jeannette|
Began skating 2002
Coach Annick Dumont
|Born 11 October 1989 (age 26) (1989-10-11) Grenoble, France|
Former coach Claude Peri-Thevenard, Francoise Bonnard, Stanick Jeannette, Veronique Cartau-Treille
Former choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Amaury Reot, Laurie May
Short program 78.22 2014 Trophee Bompard
Combined total 224.19 2014 Worlds
Former training locations Grenoble
Training locations Paris, Vaujany
Chafik Besseghier Quad Axel with Harness
Chafik Besseghier (born 11 October 1989) is a French figure skater. He is a two-time International Cup of Nice champion and the 2016 French national champion. He has won a total of fourteen senior international medals and finished in the top ten at three ISU Championships (2014 Worlds, 2013 Europeans, 2017 Europeans).
- Chafik Besseghier Quad Axel with Harness
- Personal life
- Early years
- 2010–11 season
- 2011–12 season
- 2012–13 season
- 2013–14 season
- 2014–15 season
- 2015–16 season
- 2016–17 season
- Competitive highlights
Chafik Besseghier was born in Grenoble, France. His parents are from Algeria, close to Oran, and he has two siblings.
Besseghier began skating at a relatively late age, almost 13, in August 2002. Within a year, he had landed all the double jumps, and was landing triples by the end of his second year. Training in Grenoble, he competed mostly domestically before making his ISU Junior Grand Prix debut in 2008.
In the 2009–10 season, Besseghier won the bronze medal at the Crystal Skate of Romania and 2010 Triglav Trophy.
In 2010, he was invited to his first senior Grand Prix event, the 2010 Trophée Éric Bompard. After landing his first quadruple-triple jump combination in the short program, he was in fourth place, with the second-highest technical score. He made several mistakes in the free skate and placed fifth overall.
Prior to the 2011–12 season, Besseghier spent several months working with Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was the silver medalist at the 2011 Coupe de Nice, where he won the free skate. Besseghier again competed at the Trophée Éric Bompard, coming in ninth. Competing with tendinitis in his knee, he won the bronze medal at the 2012 French Championships and placed 12th in his European Championship debut. At the end of the season, he moved from Grenoble to Paris.
Besseghier was awarded a silver medal at the 2013 French Championships and placed ninth at the 2013 European Championships.
Besseghier injured his ankle in October 2013 at the Master's de Patinage. He withdrew from his two Grand Prix assignments, the 2013 NHK Trophy and 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard. Besseghier placed 12th at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest. After scoring well at the International Challenge Cup, he was selected for his first World Championships. Setting personal best scores in both programs, he finished ninth overall at the event in Saitama, Japan.
In the 2014–15 season, Besseghier was selected to compete at two Grand Prix events, the 2014 Skate America and 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. He finished 7th and 9th at the two events, respectively. He withdrew from the 2015 Europeans and placed 18th at the 2015 Worlds.
In late August 2015, Besseghier began visiting Russian coach Elena Buianova in Moscow, although Annick Dumont remained his main coach. He began the 2015–16 season by winning gold at the Lombardia Trophy and International Cup of Nice, before winning the French national title in December.
Besseghier withdrew from the 2016 European Championships after rupturing a ligament in his right ankle. He placed 20th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston. He trained under Dumont in Champigny-sur-Marne until the end of the season.
Besseghier changed coaches ahead of the 2016–17 season, deciding to rejoin Stanick Jeannette in Grenoble. He placed 9th at the 2017 European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and 17th at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to his world result, France qualified a spot in the men's event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix