World Figure Skating Championships | Silver for Gilles and Poirier in dance, Lajoie and Lagha finish in 5th place

(Montreal) Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won silver in dance at the World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday at the Bell Centre.

The Ontario duo moved up one place in the free dance to achieve their best career result at the Worlds after two bronze medals.

Gilles and Poirier, both 32, received a score of 133.17 for their free dance, the best of the day. However, it was not enough to make up for the gap they had on the Americans and defending champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates after the rhythm dance.

Chock and Bates, who train in Montreal, received 132.12 points for a total of 222.20. Gilles and Poirier collected a total of 219.68 points.

The Italians Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri (216.52) completed the podium.

Quebecers Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha obtained their best career result at the Worlds with a fifth place.


Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha

They delighted the spectators with an elegant performance which earned them 125.71 points. They finished the competition with a cumulative score of 208.01 points.

Montrealers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen redeemed themselves after a poor performance during the rhythm dance. They went from 10e ranked ninth with a score of 124.12 for their free dance.

Fournier Beaudry was particularly emotional at the end of their performance.


Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen

“Skating in my hometown, in the town where we live, with all our parents and friends in the crowd, that happens very, very rarely,” she recalled. To achieve a performance like that, I was very happy. »

Sorensen’s participation was contested by the lawyer for the American coach and former skater who accused him of sexual assault in a USA Today article in January. The allegations have not been proven in court.

In the evening, the Japanese Shoma Uno had the opportunity to win a third world title in a row.

Ontarian Roman Sadovsky occupies 11e rank after the short programs and the British Columbian Wesley Chiu finds himself at 18e rank.

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