With four years delay, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron fulfilled their Olympic dream. After Silver 2018 in Pyeongchang, the French ice dancers in Beijing won the gold medal.
Already after the rhythmotance in the leadership, the four-time world champions in the freestine further expanded their lead and received a total of 226.98 points – a new world story. From the as usual few spectators in the Capital Indoor Stadium, the new Olympic champion harvested for their program “Elegy” rushing applause and great jubilation.
Second place secured the Russian European Champion Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapow (220.51) with a clear distance. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue from the USA (218.02) won the bronze medal. The new Olympic champion had waived an EM participation due to the risk of infection in January.
Already on Saturday, Katharina Müller and Tim Dieck had just missed the freight decision. The two Dortmunds were under 23 dance pairs 21., at the end, there were still lost 0.06 points for the required 20th place.
For the two-time Germans the Olympic Season is probably ended. For the World Championships at the end of March in the French Montpellier, the German Skating Union will probably nominate Jennifer Janse Van Rensburg and Benjamin Steffan. The two Obersterndorfer are the latest national title carriers, but collected fewer points in the course of internal Olympic qualification than their rivals.
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The Olympic figure skating competitions will continue on Tuesday (11.00 o’clock CET) with the short program of women. For the German skating union, the six-time German master Nicole Schott goes out of food on the ice.