Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France took the gold in front of a home crowd with a score of 166.66. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States took the bronze medal scoring 152.11. Gilles-Poirier’s 157.58 allowed them one step up from the Americans in the podium.
Gilles and Poirier during the short program in Bordeaux on Saturday.
In Friday’s short program Gilles and Poirier scored 61.90, just shy of their personal best of 62.38 according to Skate Canada. Papadakis and Cizeron had the lead with 64.06 and didn’t look back in Saturday’s free skate.
Other Canadians competing at Trophée Eric Bompard were Veronik Mallet in the ladies competiton where she finished in 10th place.
In pairs, Olympian Kirsten Moore-Towers and new partner Michael Marinaro were seventh. This is the first season of competition for Moore-Towers and Marinaro as a pair.
The Grand Prix Final – which skaters qualify for by winning points in the season’s six Grand Prix competitions – will take place in Barcelona, Spain from December 11-14. After which the season will continue with other national and international events.
Gilles and Poirier are the only Canadians to qualify for Barcelona to date. Weaver and Poje will have a chance to book their ticket in ice dance next week in Japan, as will the team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford in pairs figure skating.