Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron win seventh French national title; Kevin Aymoz wins fifth

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron at the Internationaux de France on November 20, 2021 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Romain Biard/icon Sport)

The final sets of medals were given out at the 2022 French Championships on Saturday – ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron dominantly celebrated their seventh national title, while Kevin Aymoz presented a spectacular free skate performance to move from second place after the short program to win his fifth national gold medal.

Leaders after the rhythm dance by about eighteen points, Papadakis and Cizeron had room for errors and were still safely going to claim the top position. The 2018 Olympic silver medalists, as well four-time World and five-time European champions, performed their free dance to Élégie (tango) by Gabriel Fauré. Despite a fall by Papadakis on one of the twizzles, the duo received 9.75 points on every single evaluation of the program components. They received a free dance score of 132.48 points and earned a total competition score of 226.96 points.

Papadakis and Cizeron have not been off of the podium at an ice dance event – domestic or international competition – all the way since March 2014 when they were thirteenth at their debut World Championships on the senior level. They have not been lower than second place since December 2014 when they won bronze medals at the 2014-2015 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final.

Final Results

  1. Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON – 226.96
  2. Evgeniia LOPAREVA / Geoffrey BRISSAUD – 195.92
  3. Loicia DEMOUGEOT / Théo LE MERCIER – 176.30
  4. Marie DUPAYAGE / Thomas NABAIS – 174.28
  5. Natacha LAGOUGE / Arnaud CAFFA – 162.37
  6. Lou TERREAUX / Noé PERRON – 142.35

Judges’ Scores


Kevin Aymoz at the Internationaux de France on November 19, 2021 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Romain Biard/icon Sport)

24-year-old Kevin Aymoz finished the French Nationals in the top two for the sixth consecutive year – winning a fourth consecutive gold medal and fifth overall. Skating to Outro by M83, Aymoz began his free skate performance with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and then another solo quad toe loop. He also completed a triple axel-double toe loop combination and a triple loop. In the second half of the routine, Aymoz completed a triple axel, a triple Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple flip. He received a score of 191.07 points for the presentation and earned a total competition score of 277.64 points.

Final Results

  1. Kevin AYMOZ – 277.64
  2. Adam SIAO HIM FA – 257.68
  3. Luc ECONOMIDES – 229.79
  4. Romain PONSART – 228.05
  5. Davide LEWTON-BRAIN (MON) – 188.93
  6. Francois PITOT – 188.73
  7. Adrien TESSON – 179.32
  8. Landry LE MAY – 178.79
  9. Yann FRECHON – 177.54
  10. Samy HAMMI – 175.11
  11. Xavier VAUCLIN – 174.02
  12. Ian VAUCLIN – 172.96

Judges’ Scores

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