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Gabriella Papadakis

ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 - Day 4
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Gabriella Papadakis

Gabriella Papadakis
  • Birth date 5/10/1995
  • Birthplace Clermont-Ferrand
  • Residence Montreal
  • Height/Weight 5'5"/ 114 lbs

Biography

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France have been an ice dancing team since they were children, and made their junior international debut in 2009. They moved up to the senior level in 2013, and looked like hopefuls for the 2014 Sochi Olympics when they claimed silver at the French Championships. But after finishing 15th at the European Championships, two couples with more experience were chosen ahead of the teenaged duo. In the post-Olympic season, however, it was Papadakis and Cizeron who were the team to beat—not only in France, but around the world. They went practically undefeated: golds at their two Grand Prix competitions, a bronze in the Grand Prix Final (their only loss), and golds at the French Championships, European Championships and finally the 2015 World Championships title. They vaulted from 13th in 2014 to gold in 2015 at the world championships. Despite injuries, they stayed on top for the 2015-16 season, winning the French, European and World championships titles for a second consecutive year. But the season was marked by injuries: first, Papadakis sustained a concussion before the season started and was unable to compete in the Grand Prix series, then a few weeks before the 2016 World Championships, she cut her knee with a skate blade during practice and needed stitches. During the 2016-17 season, Papadakis and Cizeron found themselves competing in the shadow of Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the 2010 Olympic champions and 2014 Olympic silver medalists who returned to competition after a two-year break and became Papadakis and Cizeron’s training partners in Montreal. Virtue and Moir claimed the Grand Prix Final title while Papadakis and Cizeron finished with a silver, a result they repeated at the 2017 World Championships.

The back-and-forth continued for the French and Canadian teams in the lead-up to the Olympics. Papadakis and Cizeron began their Olympic season with a win at an event in Finland. Then, they competed in China and France on the Grand Prix series, winning both times. They went head-to-head with Virtue and Moir at the Grand Prix Final, where the French team won for the first time. They won their fourth straight French national title and in January, their fourth straight European gold medals.
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Getting to know Gabriella Papadakis

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She loves watching Olympic medal ceremonies because they are emotional

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Began skating because her mother was a coach

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Misses the cheese and croissants from France when training in Montreal

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