Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron win a new world title. (Reuters)
Olympic vice-champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron flew over the competition and broke two new world records: free (123.45 pts) and total score (207.20 pts).
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron arrived at the World Championships in Milan without pressure. The French Olympic vice-champions knew they were ultra-favorites, their Canadian rivals Virtue-Moir being absent (and certainly soon retired). The day after their first short program world record on Friday, the dancers continued their momentum .
Their interpretation of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata earned them two new world records (123.47 pts against 123.35 pts at the Olympics for the free, 207.20 total pts, better than the 206.07 pts of Virtue-Moir in Korea). At only 22 and 23 years old, the French couple, also quadruple European champion continues to mark the history of sports. Sacred in 2015 and 2016, second behind Virtue-Moir in 2017, Papadakis-Cizeron are world champions for the third time, and have already announced that they will continue their career after this Olympic season.
Their friends and fellow trainers in Montreal, Americans Madison Hubbell and Zacharie Donohue get on their first world podium (196.64pts), completed by Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (192.35 pts). The second French couple, Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le gac, take the thirteenth place (159.64 pts).