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Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier came 2nd at Grand Prix in France

Key Takeaway:

  • Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier could not overtake reigning world winners Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France placed 2nd at the ISU Grand Prix, France.
  • The Toronto ice dancers gained 121.81 points in Friday’s rhythm dance to music by Elton John.

Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier could not overtake reigning world winners Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France in Saturday’s free dance, placing 2nd at the ISU Grand Prix, France.

The Toronto ice dancers gained 121.81 points in Friday’s rhythm dance to music by Elton John.

”This week was a big success,” said Poirier. ”We did not have our strongest rhythm dance, but we felt like there was an amazing improvement. Our scores were low this week, so we will listen to the feedback and see what we can do to improve them.”

Papadakis and Cizeron got gold with 221.25 points. At the same time, Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin of Russia, who came third, rounded on Saturday with a total of 200.29.
Gilles and Poirier were champions at their first two international events, including Skate Canada International in Vancouver last month.

In the pairs event, Canadians Vanessa James and Eric Radford missed the stand with a fourth-place. The duo finished with 196.34 points.

Russia claimed a 1-2 finish with Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii taking gold (216.96), ahead of Mikhail Nazarychev and Artemeva (205.15).

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American duo Brandon Frazier and Alexa Knierim finished 3rd with 201.69 points.

After producing a season-best free skate, Canadian Keegan Messing finished sixth in the men’s program with 253.06 points. The 29-year-old said he is amazed at his progress this season.

Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama got gold in the men’s event (286.41), while Shun Sato finished 2nd with 264.99 points. Jason Brown from the U.S. won bronze with a score of 264.20.

World champion Anna Shcherbakova led Russia to a 1-2 finish by capturing gold in the women’s event. Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi got bronze to prevent the Russian medal sweep.

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