Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier win bronze at 2018 Internationaux de France

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (Emi Yoshida, Wikimedia Commons)

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Ottawa, Ontario won a bronze medal in ice dancing on Saturday at the 2018 Internationaux de FranceĀ from Grenoble, France. It was the second time this season that Gilles and Poirier reached the podium at a Grand Prix event in figure skating. They previously won a bronze medal in ice dancing at Skate Canada in Laval, Quebec on October 27.

Gilles and Poirier had a score of 188.74 points. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the heavy favourites from France, won the gold medal with a score of 216.78 points. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia won the silver medal with a score of 200.38 points.

Gilles and Poirier reached the podium by 7.27 points. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the United States finished in fourth place with a score of 181.47 points.

This was Gilles and Poirier’s eighth career Grand Prix medal. They previously won silver in France in 2014 and 2015, and bronze in 2016. They also won bronze at Skate America in 2015, silver at Skate Canada in Kelowna, British Columbia in 2014 and bronze at Skate Canada in Mississauga, Ontario in 2016.

The event was the final Grand Prix event in figure skating on the 2018 figure skating calendar. The top six figure skaters from each discipline will compete in Vancouver, British Columbia for the 2018 Grand Prix Final from December 5-9.

 

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