(Stockholm) Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poyer won bronze in ice dance at the World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
Gilles and Poyer finished third with a total of 214.35 points, recording a score of 130.98 for their free skate. They finished fourth after their rhythmic dance program on Friday.
“I’m speechless,” Poyer said. We are often stuck between the sixth and eighth from 2014, so this is a good gift for us today. ”
This is the first medal the two have won at the World Figure Skating Championships.
Two Ontarians complete their routine to the tune of “Both Sides Now” by Canadian singer Joni Mitchell. The track was chosen by the duo for the 2020 World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal, but was canceled due to an epidemic.
“I think we’re really satisfied with our performance, especially considering the crazy season we’ve just experienced,” Gilles said.
“I’m so proud of our perseverance and we did not allow uncertainty to stand in our way. In fact, I think we were motivated by this uncertainty because we realized how lucky we were to be able to skate.”
Two Canadians competed in their first competition in a year due to health limitations. Although the World Championships were important for Olympic qualification, they were interested in going to Stockholm.
The Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov won gold with a score of 221.17. Americans Madison Hubble and Zachary Donohue had a total of 214.71 points.
Earlier today, Nathan Chen became the first American to sign three consecutive Worlds men’s titles after Scott Hamilton. Chen easily defeated two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan on a free skate and became the loser at the next Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
Hanyu struggled on Saturday and dropped to third, behind 17-year-old native Yuma Kagiyama.
Canadian Keegan Messing finished sixth with the best result of his career. He won a place in the men’s singles at the Beijing Games in Canada.
He’s the only fan who has had the opportunity to inspire Gilles and Poyers in their daily routine, competing behind closed doors.