Papadakis and Cizeron, 2022 Olympic skating champions, will not compete for a year

Papadakis and Cizeron, 2022 Olympic skating champions, will not compete for a year

They made France vibrate last February and will now put their careers on hold. This Monday, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, Olympic champions at the Beijing Olympics, announced to AFP and The Team that they will not participate in any competition for a year. “We decided to take a little break from competition, to take the time to rest and focus more on shows and gala tours.“, explained Guillaume Cizeron.

All the doors are still open

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The thing we are sure of is that we will not do next season. And for the rest, all the doors are still openconfirmed Gabriella Papadakis. It wasn’t really a difficult decision to make, it was difficult to confirm maybe because it’s new for us, we had never made this kind of decision. But at the same time, I think it was obvious that we both needed to rest. ” The French skaters ended their season with a fifth world title, won in Montpellier in March. They then cast doubt on the follow-up they intended to give to their careers.

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron will notably miss the 2023 Worlds in Saitama (Japan) and will therefore devote their 2022-2023 season to tours and shows. They will take advantage of it above all to put their bodies to rest after more than 17 years of intense careers. “We are not going to train body and soul every day. Physically, it will be very relaxingsavors Guillaume Cizeron. Competition still requires a ‘drive’, an inner fire. And either we have it or we don’t. It’s hard to say why, it’s not necessarily once you’ve won everything that the fire goes out. It’s also a lifestyle, you have to have the desire to push yourself physically and artistically.”

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And after ? Will they have enough motivation to return to competition and again submit to such demanding training? “If we stopped completely, it seems like we stopped completelyassures Guillaume Cizeron. There, we say that we take a year off because we do not close the door to possibly resume competition.”

We still have things to tell

We’ve had our lives so settled and planned for the long haul all alongcontinues Gabriella Papadakis, who put on her first skates at the age of four. We also let ourselves go with the wind, with what we feel and what we want to do. Discover a little something else too and see what seems the fairest. For the moment, the only certainty that we have harvested is that we will not do next season.”

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In a career that has taken them to the pinnacle of their sport, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who have been training and living in Montreal since 2014, have established themselves as ice artists. Their modern and innovative dance and their quality of interpretation above the lot have dusted off the world of skating. For Guillaume Cizeron, what could make them want to come back would be “desires to create something, artistic desires“.

The two skaters believe in any case that they still have things to explore artistically together. “Afterwards, are these show numbers for tours? Will it be competition programs? That’s a bit undefined at the moment.concludes Gabriella Papadakis. I think we still have things to tell but in what form, we don’t know yet.” (With AFP)

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