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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Ace ice dancers of Canada sit 2nd post rhythm dance French Grand Prix

The ISU Grand Prix in France at the rhythm dance on Friday showcased Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier to complete 2nd.

  • French free skate champions sit top at 89.08 points.
  • Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin notch up 79.89 points to sit third in the free skate rankings.
  • Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama scored 100.64 points to lead in the men’s short program.
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Scoring a record-breaking 100.64 points, Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama won in men’s short program.

In the rhythm dance Friday, Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier completed 2nd on the ISU Grand Prix in France.

The ace Toronto ice dancers scored 81.35. The 2020 international champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France (89.08 points) are first before the free skate. Russia’s Ivan Bukin and Alexandra Stepanova are third at 79.89.

Gilles and Poirier have been triumphant at Skate Canada International in Vancouver’s, last month, along with being first in 2 global events this season.

In pairs, first-12 months companions Vanessa James of Toronto and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., produced their nice brief program this season to face 1/3 with 71. 84 points.

In the men’s brief program, Yuma Kagiyama of Japan ruled the sector with 100. 64 points. Deniss Vasiljevs of Latvia changed into 2d at 89. 76 and Jason Brown of the U.S. 1/3 at 89.39.

Canada’s Keegan Messing failed to land his quad toe or triple-triple combination cleanly and changed into 6th at 85.03.

World champion Anna Shcherbakova gained in a Russian sweep of the women’s brief software.

Skating to “Dangerous Affairs” through Inon Zur, the 17-12 months-vintage Shcherbakova compiled a rating of 77.94.

Russians Alena Kostornaia and Kseniia Sinitsyna positioned 2nd and 1/3, respectively in Grenoble.

Starr Andrews of the US got injured for the duration of her program and withdrew. The 20-12 months-old American pulled up whilst trying a triple loop.

This month on the Italian Grand Prix, Shcherbakova had a disappointing brief software however rallied to win gold the next day.

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