four things you need to know about the competition that starts on Wednesday in Montpellier

Ten years after Nice, the world figure skating championships return to France. From Wednesday March 23, and for five days, Montpellier will be the center of the world for all lovers of winter sports. if the couple Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron will be the center of attention after his Olympic gold medal, other (young) Frenchmen will be on the bridge. In the absence of the Russians, Belarusians and Chinese in particular, these World Cups promise to be more open than ever.

The day after for Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron

Even the furthest people from the sport and figure skating now know her name. During the Olympic Games in Beijing last February, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron conquered the public while Olympic gold in ice dance. In their favorite test, the couple from Puy-de-Dôme had surpassed everyone, after a previous Olympiad traumatic and lost by a thread.

Back in France, crowned with their first Olympic champion title, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron could see that their popularity ratings had risen considerably. On Saturday, during the ice dance event, you will have the opportunity to see this with the Montpellier audience.

The World Cups are back in France

There was already the Vélodrome d’hiver (1936, 1949, 1952, 1958) and Paris-Bercy in Paris, Lyon and its Sports Palace (1971) or Nice and its Acropolis (2000 and 2012). For its eighth visit to France, the World Figure Skating Championships will stop at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier. A modern and multimodal venue, the hall built in 2010 is the second multifunctional hall in France and can accommodate up to 10,400 people in a configuration made for sport. Vibrate regularly for MHB Handball Champions League matches.

Many absences to report

On the ice in Montpellier, Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadais will be the only gold medalists at the last Games in Beijing. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, sports sanctions against Russian and Belarusian athletes have multiplied. Figure skating is no exception to the rule. Following a decision by the International Skating Union (ISU), Eighteen Russian figure skaters, including five Olympic medalists last month, will be missing in the south of France.

In addition to these diplomatic absences, US Olympic champion Nathan Chen will also miss these World Championships, on a package deal. Just like theChinese Olympic champion couple Sui Wenjing and Han Cong.

In addition to Papadakis and Cizeron, other Frenchmen will be on the bridge

After discovering the Beijing Olympics, Adam Siao Him Fa is also preparing to discover the World Championships. At 21, the man from Bordeaux has only known the World Cup as a junior. In the big leagues, he maintains himself with four silver medals in the French championships and a 14th place in the Olympic Games. He was also present in the Top 15 of the last Olympic Games (12th), Kévin Aymoz will also start in the men’s category. Five times champion of France since 2017, he has ranked 11th and 9th in the last two World Championships.

Among the women, Léa Serna will be the only tricolor representative and advances with revenge in the Hérault. Although she had made the Olympics her big goal, the skater failed to qualify. Recently crowned champion of France, she is also preparing to discover the World Championships.

Finally, the couple Camille and Pavel Kovalev will also be there after their victory in the last French Championship.

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