Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier win ice dance bronze at ISU Grand Prix Final

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

Piper Gilles of Toronto, Ontario and Paul Poirier of Ottawa, Ontario won the bronze medal in the ice dancing competition at the 2024 International Skating Union Grand Prix Final in Beijing, China on Saturday. This is the second straight year that Gilles and Poirier won a medal in the ice dancing event in the Grand Prix Final. A year ago they won the gold medal in Turin, Italy.

Gilles and Poirier posted a score of 213.58 points. They reached the podium by 11.31 points. Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson of Great Britain finished fourth place with 202.27 points. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States won the gold medal with 221.61 points and Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy won the silver medal with 215.51 points.

There was no change in standings during the ice dance event from the rhythm dance to the free dance. One reason why Gilles and Poirier were behind Chock and Bates, and Guignard and Fabbri is because the twizzles were not very crisp.

Team Canada won two medals overall at the 2023 ISU Grand Prix Final. Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec won the bronze medal in the pairs event. The bronze medal for Gilles and Poirier will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo. 

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