I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love figure skating and ice dancing. Whenever the Olympics come on, those are the first two sports I try to find on the schedule. Now, personally, my favorite ice dancers are the Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Their chemistry is outstanding, and they are the definition of perfection in my books.
However, another skating couple is quickly launching up to the top, and even competed against the Canadian power couple. Those people are Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who compete for France at the Olympics and in world skating championships. The pair came in second to Virtue and Moir at the 2018 Olympics, but they definitely held their own and gave the Canadians a run for their money.
In fact, Papadakis and Cizeron trained with Virtue and Moir for a couple of years, and even the French skaters admitted they didn’t know what to expect.
“It was interesting when they came,” Papadakis said. “We didn’t really know about it before, so it was a surprise. But we’ve seen them before so we knew them a little bit. They are a couple with a lot of experience and their way to work shows that they have been at a high level for a long time. Now we know them quite well. It is a rivalry that like the one they had with Davis/White and they are used to that. We all respect each other during the training and everyone has their way to train. I think we push each other by seeing each other.”
Clearly, the young French skaters were taking notes, because their performance to Ed Sheeran’s famous song “Perfect” left so many people with tears in their eyes. The video is from 2016, which is around when the teams started skating together. It’s not hard to see the similarities between the couples.
“These are the most in tuned perfect skaters I have seen in years,” one person wrote on YouTube. “They make me cry when I watch this performance… I can’t stop watching how this is the way couples should be in life throughout…. I love this video, LOVE there connection….”
“This is just really beautiful, I admire these people so much,” another said. “They make it look so effortless, flow-y graceful like they are flying behind hours and months and years of hard work and sweat, pain and hard ships but always pushing through and getting to where they are now.”
You can watch the full performance below…and I dare you not to get chills!