Papadakis, Cizeron take French junior ice dance title

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron

By Vladislav Luchianov

2012 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took the gold medal at the French junior championships last weekend.

They have outstripped ice dance teams of Estelle Elisabeth/Romain Legac and Peroline Ojardas/Pierre Souquet, who finished second and third respectively.

Detailed results to be published at the website of French skating federation>>>

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are becoming more and more well known in the ice dance world, even despite the fact that they still compete at junior events. The secret of this lies in the constant progress of this French couple.

Gabriella and Guillaume teamed up when they were about nine/ten years old in the city of Clermont-Ferrand by the suggestion of Gabriella’s mother, Catherine. She’s also one of their coaches since the very beginning.

This couple is notable for its creativity and artistry on the ice, which are harmoniously combined with a high technical part of modern ice dancing.

Their debut at junior Grand Prix series was in 2009/2010, when they placed 15th at JGP in the United States. Later that season the team placed 22nd at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

In the next season they finished 4th at junior Grand Prix event in France and then won the bronze medal at their second event in Austria. At the 2011 World Junior Championships Papadakis and Cizeron showed their progress by taking the 12th place. They showed much more by taking the 5th place at the 2012 Junior Worlds in Minsk, Belarus.

In June last year Gabriella and Guillaume decided to move to Lyon to work with Muriel Zazoui, Romain Haguenauer and Olivier Schoenfelder. They competed in their fourth season of the Junior Grand Prix, winning their first title at JGP France and then taking another gold medal at JGP Austria, where they scored their personal best of 142.08 points. Their wins qualified them for the 2012/13 JGP Final in Sochi, where they won the silver medal behind Russians Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin.

There is no doubt that moving to Lyon, which can be called as the capital of French ice dancing, had a very positive impact on the development of a talent of this couple. Last year one of their coaches and choreographers Romain Haguenauer told me the approach he uses on trainings.

“The choreography must push the skaters to improve, to challenge and innovate. It is sometimes difficult when you are both a choreographer and a coach not to take the easiest way. When I was a young skater, my idols were Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay. Parts of their legacy – namely, originality and modernity – are very important for me. So, I am trying to push my skaters in that way.” told Romain.

Gabriella and Guillaume are just at the beginning of their road to the big ice dancing world but it is already clear that this team has good chances to take leading positions in the French ice dance sport in future.

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