Winter Olympic 2018: cruel money for the couple Gabriella Papadakis-Guillaume Cizeron in figure skating


Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP

If the French broke the world record for the free program, the Canadians Virtue-Moir won gold, edging them by 0.79 points.

At the end of a contest that will undoubtedly remain in the annals of ice dancing, the French couple Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron finished in second place, behind the Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue and ahead of the Americans Alex and Maia Shibutani.

The difference between the score obtained by the French (205.28 points) and that awarded to the Canadians (206.07 points) is microscopic: 0.79 points. The choreography of the Blues broke the world record of ice dancing … A record that will have held the ten minutes that separated their program from that of Canadians, which touched the sublime.

Despite the best free program of their career (and a world record), Papadakis and Cizeron will not have been able to make up for the delay they had accumulated the day before during the short program: a choker of the dress of the skater had jumped , costing them dear points. “We could not have done better in a free program,” said Guillaume Cizeron on France Télévisions.


“But that does not lead us to the first place. We are extremely happy with our performance and the emotions we were able to pass, it counterbalanced the bad day yesterday. “

“They could not do better,” admitted their coach, Romain Haguenauer, who is also the Canadian couple.

“Their score is very close to the perfect score. I’m glad they gave everything today, and yesterday, despite the risk. They are a little disappointed, but there is no regret. “

“For a dark history of zipper”


It was their first Games, and Papadakis and Cizeron will have to wait four years and the next Olympics to try to add the Olympic title to a list that already has four European championships and two world championships. At the age of 22 and 23 respectively, they will be there, no doubt. And will try, again, to become the first French couple to be gold medalist, since Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, in 2002.

“We are young, and at the beginning of our career, we cross the path of Tessa and Scott, who are at their third Games, says Cizeron. We are not quite at the same point in our career, and we are very proud to have been serious competitors for them, because they are on their third Olympic medal. “

For Didier Gailhaguet, president of the French Ice Sports Federation, “the reason for this non-success is due to an error on our part. Maybe we should find a partner’s zipper mark to be able to match our athletes. For a dark history of zipper, we lose the gold medal. There is enough to be disappointed.

The Canadian couple Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue went last in the free program, thanks to their first place in the short program (with, again, a world record). This allowed them to witness the choreography of their training partners and thus know what they had to do to reach the gold: to release the best free program of their life.

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