Ice dancing: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron formalize their one-year break

A few months after their Olympic consecration and a fifth world crown in ice dancing, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have decided not to take part in any competition next season, without “close the door” again in a year.

“We decided to take a short break from competition, to take the time to rest and focus more on shows and gala tours”, explained Guillaume Cizeron in an interview with AFP and The Team (subscriber version), Monday, June 20. “The thing we are sure of is that we will not do next season. And for the rest, all the doors are still open”, adds Gabriella Papadakis.

After winning their first Olympic title in Beijing in February, Papadakis and Cizeron, both 27, ended their season with a fifth world title, won in Montpellier in March. They then left the doubt since on the continuation that they intended to give to their career. “It was not really a difficult decision to make, it was difficult to confirm maybe because it is new for us, we had never made this kind of decision”, explains Gabriella Papadakis before adding: “But at the same time, I think it was obvious that we both needed to rest and that we wouldn’t be resuming competitions in the fall.”

The two skaters will notably miss the Worlds in Saitama (Japan) in 2023 and will therefore devote their 2022-2023 season to tours and shows and will take the opportunity 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 relaxing”, savors Cizeron.

And after ? Will they have enough motivation to return to competition and again submit to such demanding training? “If we stopped completely, it would be like we stopped completely”, assures Guillaume Cizeron. “There, we say that we are taking a year off because we are not closing the door to possibly resume competition.”

“We’ve had our lives so settled and planned for the long term forever.”

Gabriella Papadakis, Olympic ice dance champion

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“We also let ourselves go with the wind, with what we feel and what we want to do, continues Gabriella Papadakis, who put on her first skates at the age of four. 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.”

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

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