Toronto ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier win International Fall Classic
Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto carried their success in spring ice dancing to this week’s Fall Classic, opening the international season with a victory in Pierrefonds, Que.
The 2021 world championship bronze medalists amassed 208.97 points to defeat Spaniards Olivia Smart and Adrian Diaz (191.31) and Americans Caroline Green and Michael Parsons (188.43).
“We are very happy with the way both programs have gone,” Poirier told reporters. “We haven’t tried to force it or have that perfect skate. We just want everything to be more precise and we’re really excited to deliver such a good performance and show that we keep improving.”
In March, Gilles and Poirier clocked a personal best of 214.35 in Stockholm for bronze, their first medal in eight world championship appearances.
WATCH | Gilles, Poirier winner of the opening of the international season:
Quebec’s 2019 junior world champions, Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha, accumulated 181.74 points to finish fourth.
Carolane Soucisse, of Chateauguay, Que., And Shane Firus, of North Vancouver, BC, were fifth ahead of Haley Sales of Kelowna, BC, and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Langley, BC, sixth .
Fallen on triple axis
“We are really happy with the free dance and we didn’t hold back,” said Lagha. “During the offseason we really worked on our skating skills and made the necessary changes to our programs.
Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., Won in an all-Canadian event at the Pierrefonds Sportsplexe, registering 207.31 points to beat Bennet Toman of Brampton, Ont. (172.33) and Beres Clements of Gibson, BC (153.48).
WATCH | Orzel takes the men’s event after a 6th place in 2019:
After landing two quads in Friday’s short program, Orzel, 21, was unable to perform them properly in the free skate while also falling on one of his triple axles.
“There are some good things to take away from this competition despite a really bad long,” said Orzel, sixth at that event in 2019. “There’s no way to sugarcoat it, it wasn’t what I had shown in training. But it helps me re-evaluate how I should prepare when I compete. “
Canada’s four-medal harvest on Saturday added to the couples silver won Friday by Vanessa James and Eric Radford.
WATCH | James and Radford discuss the first competition together: