Canadian ice dancers Gilles and Poirier golden again, winning Grand Prix Espoo


Canadian ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier gained the ISU Grand Prix Espoo on Saturday for his or her second victory of the season.

Skating to music from the “Evita” soundtrack, the world bronze medallists completed with 219.49 factors in Espoo, Finland — their best-ever worldwide rating. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S. had been second (202.46), whereas Finland’s Juulia Turkkila and Matthias Versluis gained the bronze (191.79).

“What labored effectively this week is how a lot we trusted our coaching and trusted one another,” mentioned Poirier. “We did not drive something and actually let the skating occur by itself like we all know how one can do. We are actually pleased with our efficiency immediately.”

Gilles and Poirier opened the season with a victory at Skate Canada International final month. They’ll vie for gold on the Grand Prix Final, working from Dec. 8-11 in Turin, Italy.

WATCH | Gilles, Poirier prime podium in Espoo: 

Canada’s Gilles and Poirier earn spot in Grand Prix remaining with win in Finland

The Canadian pair cruised to victory by taking the free dance and assuring themselves a spot within the Grand Prix remaining.

Canadian Madeline Schizas completed fifth in ladies’s singles with 187.84 factors.

Japan’s Mai Mihara gained the gold with 204.14, whereas Belgium’s Loena Hendrickx (197.41) claimed silver forward of Japan’s Mana Kawabe (203.91).

WATCH | Mihara captures gold: 

Japan’s Mai Mihara skates one of the best free program on the Espoo Grand Prix

The Japanese skater carried out a incredible routine within the ladies’s free to seize the highest spot in Finland.

Canada’s Keegan Messing completed eighth within the males’s competitors in his Grand Prix finale. The 30-year-old, who plans to retire after this season, had been fourth after Friday’s quick program, however fell badly on his opening quadruple toe-loop, hitting the aspect of his head on the ice. He scored 205.02.

American Ilia Malinin captured the gold with 278.39 factors after touchdown 4 quads within the free skate.

Japan’s Shun Sato gained silver (262.21), adopted by France’s Kevin Aymoz (255.69).

WATCH | Malinin wins males’s competitors: 

Ilia Malinin lands 4 quads in males’s free to win Grand Prix Finland

The American placed on a dominant show on his strategy to the title in Espoo.

In the pairs competitors, Italy’s Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini topped the rostrum with 189.74 factors after posting one of the best rating in each the quick program and free skate.

Germany’s Alisa Efimova and Ruben Blommaert gained silver (170.75), whereas Georgia’s Anastasiia Metelkina and Daniil Parkman took dwelling bronze (166.56).

WATCH | Ghilardi, Ambrosini win pairs gold: 

Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini prime the pairs free discipline in Finland

The Italian duo put up a private finest whereas skating to one of the best rating within the pairs free program on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Espoo.

The Grand Prix Espoo is the sixth and remaining Grand Prix of the season. Skaters are assigned to 2 Grand Prix occasions, and the highest six in every self-discipline compete within the Grand Prix Final, Dec. 8-11 in Turin, Italy.

The occasion wraps up Sunday with the Gala, beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Watch reside protection on, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android.


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