Gilles and Poirier win silver at Grand Prix

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Canadian ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won the silver medal on Saturday at the Eric Bompard Trophy figure skating competition which is the fifth stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit.

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France were the winners with 166.66 points followed by Gilles and Poirier at 157.58, a season’s best. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S., were third at 152.11.

“For us it is mission accomplished,” said Poirier, who has won three silver medals with his partner in international competitions this season. ”While the score was similar to what we did at Skate Canada we felt we improved a lot. There’s still the issue of consistency we need to work on to help us move up another notch.”

Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam of Toronto were sixth.

In pairs, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia staved off two Chinese pairs for the gold. Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were seventh with a clean program that left the Canadians with big smiles upon completion and a season-best score.

In women’s competition, Elena Radionova led Russia to a 1-2 finish. Veronik Maillet of Sept-Iles, Que., was 10th, also with a season-best.

“Landing my first three jumps was a good way to start my free skate,” said Maillet, 20. “Coming back after a disappointing performance (in her short program Friday) is part of the learning process.”

The sixth and last stop on the circuit before the Grand Prix final, is the NHK Trophy next weekend in Osaka, Japan. The Grand Prix Final is December 11-14 in Barcelona.

Gold for Iliushechkina and Moscovitch

Meanwhile at the Warsaw Cup in Poland, new pairs partners Lubov Iliushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto’s Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, won the gold medal in pairs in their international debut with 163.02 points.

“We are very happy and proud to have won Warsaw Cup. We didn’t have our best skate in the free but we are overall very happy with how the week went,” said Moscovitch. “It is our first full competition together and are still finding our groove. As a team, with Lee, Tracy and Bryce, we are doing some great work and feel very optimistic about what lies ahead.”

After success with other partners, Iliushechkina and Moscovitch teamed up in the spring of 2014. She had competed for her native Russia, and received her clearance certificate from the ISU this fall, allowing her to skate for Canada alongside Moscovitch.

Lina Fedorova and Maxim Miroshkin of Russia were second at 158.16 and Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy third at 154.60.

Iliushechkina and Moscovitch were the only Canadian entries in Warsaw.

Story by Louis Daignault

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