There has been no rise more meteoric this season than that of France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. From 13th place at the World Championships in Japan in March of last year, they made everybody sit up and take notice when they claimed gold at Cup of China in November and defeated World champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte in the process. They proved that they are going to be a force to be reckoned over the coming years by subsequently winning the Trophee Eric Bompard and taking bronze in the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona. Romain Haguenauer, the man behind the team, believes that they timed this season to perfection.
“It’s a new Olympic cycle so we knew it was the time to be good. You always have to be good, but if they wanted to aim for a high place at the next Olympics they had to start this season because so many couples stopped competing.”
Skating broke new ground this past weekend with Spain hosting a major senior competition for the first time. In the first part of our review of the ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating, we take a look back at the men and ladies’ events.
So goes the song and for skaters, judges, officials and fans this month’s Grand Prix Final in the Catalan capital provides the perfect excuse to visit this fascinating and vibrant city. As is always the case with skating competitions though, there is often very little time to venture outside the confines of the arena and its vicinity. The Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB), the Grand Prix Final venue, is located on the eastern edge of Barcelona away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of downtown. With that in mind, we’ve compiled our top five recommendations of things to do in the city when you’re not watching the best skaters in the world.