Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier win World Championship ice dance silver

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (David W. Carmichael, Wikimedia Commons)

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Ottawa, Ontario have won the silver medal in ice dance at the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. It was the third medal overall for Gilles and Poirier, as their bronze medals came at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and at the 2023 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

On Saturday after the free dance, Gilles and Poirier posted a second place score of 219.68 points. Despite an error with a stationary lift, Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States won the gold medal with 222.2 points, and Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy won the bronze medal with 216.52 points. Gilles and Poirier reached the podium by 8.76 points over Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson of Great Britain, who were in fourth place with a score of 210.92 points. Fear and Gibson had a boxing theme performance, really engaged with the crowd, and had beautiful and powerful artistry, as they performed to the music of Rocky and Eye of the Tiger, but struggled with their twizzles from a technical perspective. The silver medal for Gilles and Poirier at the World Championship level, will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Amprezzo.

 

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