Figure skating: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron crowned ice dancing world champions for the fifth time

This is one more feat to add to the impressive record of the French couple. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were crowned world champions on Saturday March 26 in Montpellier with a total of 229.82 points. The recent Olympic gold medalists were well ahead of the Americans Madison Hubbel and Zachary Donohue (222.39 points) thereby winning a new world record in a supercharged Hérault Arena. After 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, this is a fifth planetary coronation for Papadakis and Cizeron.

This performance, for which it is difficult to find superlatives, places them a little more in the legend of skating. They have, by the same, pulverized their own world record, already beaten in Beijing at the Olympic Games (226.98 points). Papadakis and Cizeron have no equal in history on the short program (record beaten on Saturday with 92.73 points), the free dance (137.09) and the cumulative score (229.82), which represents the sum of the points acquired on the two programs.

“We felt incredible support”, declared Guillaume Cizeron at the end of his prowess. The 7,000 spectators gave thunderous applause to the duo, contrasting drastically with the icy atmosphere of Beijing health restrictions. “I have goosebumps, the emotions are indescribable”added the native of Montbrison.

The seven-point gap that separates them from Hubbel and Donohue, who came in second, illustrates the chasm between the French couple and the rest of the world. Not content with reaching unprecedented heights, Papadakis and Cizeron had the luxury of achieving a perfect score (10/10) on three of the five artistic component scores (composition, performance and interpretation).

With this fifth world title in ice dancing, they are only preceded by the Soviet duo of the 1970s, composed of Lioudmila Pakhamova and Alexandr Gorshkov, crowned six times. But the way things are going, it is not impossible that their record will be quickly dusted by Gabriella Padapakis (26 years old) and Guillaume Cizeron (27 years old).

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