As the first half of the 2015/2016 season has unfolded and with the Grand Prix Final beginning this week in Barcelona, many of the questions we had about how certain events would play out and certain skaters would perform have been answered. However, in ice dance there is a still one big question waiting for an answer. How will Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron follow up on their stunning victory at the World Championships in Shanghai earlier this year? (more…)
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.”