Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, champions at the Beijing Olympics, won their fifth ice dance world title this Saturday, during the World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier. With a new world record.
One month after Olympic goldGabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were crowned ice dance world champions for the fifth time in their careers this Saturday in Montpellier.
Papadakis (26) and Cizeron (27), also Olympic runners-up in 2018 and five-time European champions, won with 229.82 points, a new world record. They beat two American duos, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (222.39), and Madison Chock and Evan Bates (216.83), who are all their training partners in Montreal.
First five times world champions in the history of French skating
Shut out like all Russians in response to the Ukraine invasion, Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, outgoing world champions and Olympic silver medalists in Beijing, were absent. “It’s one of the best competitions of our career, we feel incredible support, especially after the Olympics (no foreign spectators, editor’s note),” Cizeron said.
“That’s one of the reasons why we love what we do so much. The goosebumps, the emotions that come with the noise you made, it’s indescribable,” he added, a few minutes before an opera singer sings the Marseillaise, and resumed by the public
At 26 for her and 27 for him, Papadakis and Cizeron became the first five-time world champions in French skating history. Andrée and Pierre Brunet, the last to be able to compete with them at the top of the pantheon of blue skating with their two Olympic titles obtained in pairs in the interwar period (1928 and 1932), stopped at four world titles between 1926 and 1932 .
Above all, Papadakis and Cizeron continue to leave a little more of their mark on the history of ice dance: only the Soviets Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexandr Gorshkov follow them in number of world crowns, with six, crowned between 1970 and 1976.
This world gold medal, one month after olympic gold, comes to put the finishing touch to a crucial season that the two French dancers dominate to perfection. Before, Papadakis and Cizeron remained in twenty months without competing, between their defeat by the minimum in January 2020 at the European Championship -the only one since the 2018 Olympic Games- and last October, mainly due to the Covid pandemic -19 and the travel difficulties for them I have lived in Montreal since 2014.
So what do Papadakis and Cizeron have in store? Mystery for now. “The future doesn’t really exist at the moment,” Papadakis replied to the 2022 Olympics. “We don’t know. We haven’t talked about it, Romain Haguenauer, his coach for ten years, completed the day before with AFP. All that will mature in his heads, they will have a few months to find out where they are”. , what they want to do, their wishes, they also have to talk to each other. Meanwhile, Papadakis and Cizeron set three new world records on French ice, in rhythm dance, free dance and total score.