Gwendal Peizerat

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Gwendal Peizerat
Anissina and Peizerat 2001 GPF.jpg
Peizerat and partner Marina Anissina compete in 2001.
Personal information
Country represented France
Born (1972-04-21) April 21, 1972 (age 41)
Bron, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Partner Marina Anissina
Former partner Marina Morel
Former coach Muriel Boucher-Zazoui
Skating club CSG Lyon
Retired 2002

Gwendal Peizerat (born April 21, 1972) is a French ice dancer. With Marina Anissina, he is the 2002 Olympic champion, the 1998 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2000 World champion, and a six-time French national champion.

Skating career[edit]

Peizerat started skating at age four[1] when he and his sister, then six, followed their parents to the skating club at the rink. His father was the general secretary of the French skating federation and his mother was in charge of the skating club in Lyon.[1] He went into ice dancing straight away. He was coached by Muriel Boucher-Zazoui since the age of six and throughout his entire career.[2][3] She paired seven-year-old Peizerat with his first partner, French skater Marina Morel, who was the same age as him; Morel and Peizerat skated together for fourteen years.[3] They won bronze at the 1990 World Junior Championships and then silver the following year. Morel retired in 1992 so Peizerat responded to a letter he had received a few months earlier from Russian World Junior champion Marina Anissina, who chose him after watching competitions on video.[3]

Anissina arrived in Lyon in February 1993 and wanted to take him to Russia but his family objected.[3] She settled in France, focusing intensely on skating and insisting her partner, who was dividing his time between skating and his education, be equally focused on their career.[3] Their first year together was difficult; they had major quarrels and came close to splitting up.[3] Nevertheless, their coach Muriel Boucher-Zazoui immediately felt it was a promising partnership, saying "They are like fire and ice".[2]

Anissina and Peizerat won the 1998 Olympic bronze medal and 1998 and 1999 World silver medals behind Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov. The Russians retired due to injury and Anissina and Peizerat then developed a rivalry with the Italians Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio. The French won the 2000 European and World Championships.[4] In 2001, Anissina and Peizerat won European and World silver behind the Italians but surged past them in 2002 to reclaim their European title and become the Olympic Champions. At the 2002 Olympics, they led after the compulsory dances and the original dance. Their free dance, Liberty, mixed music with sections from the famed freedom speech by Martin Luther King Jr.; a 5-4 split of the judges' panel had them in first place in this segment ahead of Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh, and they became the first French ice dancers to win the Olympic gold medal.[5]

After the Olympics, Anissina and Peizerat ended their competitive skating careers. The two continued skating together for many years in shows around the world.[6] Both have also worked as choreographers.[7]

They skated for the club Lyon TSC. Their signature move is a "reverse lift", wherein Anissina lifts Peizerat off the ice, rather than vice versa. This set the two apart from other dance couples, as most lifts in ice dance involve the man lifting the woman.

Peizerat was named a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit (France) in 1998 and a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 2003.[8]

Post-skating career[edit]

In 2003, Peizerat founded a consulting firm, Soléus.[8] He has also worked for Eurosport, interviewing athletes.[8]

In 2010, Peizerat was elected regional councillor on the list of the Socialist Party in the Rhone Alpes region and was subsequently appointed Councillor Delegate in charge of sports in the Regional Executive headed by Jean-Jack Queyranne.

Personal life[edit]

Peizerat holds a management degree from EMLYON Business School, a DEUG in materials science, and a maîtrise in STAPS from the University of Lyon.[8] He has two daughters, Shanelle (born in 2012), and Lilas (born 21 December 2013).[9][10]

Programs[edit]

(with Anissina)

Season Original dance[11] Free dance[11] Exhibition[11]
1993–1994
  • J'en ai Marre
    by Hugues Le Bars

  • Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
1994–1995
  • J'en ai Marre
    by Hugues Le Bars
1995–1996
  • Ay Mi Sombrero
    by Genaro Monreal
1996–1997
  • Ahla Leila
    by Muhammad Sultan

1997–1998 Romeo and Juliet
by Sergei Prokofiev:
  • The Montagues and the Capulets
  • Death of Juliet
1998–1999
The Man in the Iron Mask
by Nick Glennie-Smith:
  • Heart of a King
  • Surrounded
  • Time To Say Goodbye
    performed by Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli
1999–2000
  • Black Machine
    by Jazz Machine
  • Feeling the Passion
    by Latin Drums
  • Tres Deseos
    by Gloria Estefan

Carmina Burana
by Carl Orff:
  • O Fortuna imperatrix munda
  • Fortune plango vulnera
2000–2001
[12]

Beethoven's Last Night
by Trans-Siberian Orchestra:
  • Overture
  • Ode to Joy
  • Dreams of Candlelight
  • Beethoven
2001–2002
[13]
  • Flamenco: Malagua
  • Tango de Guell
  • Flamenco: Malagua
  • Susanna
    by VOF de Kunst

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Anissina[edit]

Results[13][12]
International
Event 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02
Winter Olympics 3rd 1st
World Champ. 10th 6th 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
European Champ. 12th 5th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
GP (CS) Final 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
GP International de Paris /
Trophée de France/Lalique
3rd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP Nations Cup 1st 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP Skate Canada 2nd 2nd 1st
GP Skate America 2nd 1st
Ondrej Nepela 1st
Piruetten 5th
National
French Champ. 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Became part of Champions Series in 1995–96, Grand Prix from 1998–99

With Morel[edit]

International
Event 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93
European Championships 12th
World Junior Championships 3rd 2nd
International de Paris 7th 6th
Piruetten 3rd
National
French Championships 3rd 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mittan, J. Barry (1996). "Fire on the Ice - Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat". Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Lecaudey, Martine (2 April 2000). "Marina a choisi Gwendal sur une vidéo" [Marina chose Gwendal after watching him on video] (in French). La Dépêche du Midi. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Anissina-Peizerat, un couple de glace" [Anissina-Peizerat, an ice couple] (in French). Le Point. 1 March 2002. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Lecaudey, Martine (1 April 2000). "Anissina-Peizerat enfin au sommet" [Anissina-Peizerat finally at the top] (in French). La Dépêche du Midi. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "France's Anissina, Peizerat claim ice dancing event". Associated Press (Sports Illustrated). 18 February 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "L'œil de Marina Anissina" [Under the eye of Marina Anissina]. Sud-Ouest (newspaper) (in French). 5 October 2011. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Bangs, Kathleen (15 September 2003). "Peizerat still 'Peaking'". GoldenSkate. Archived from the original on August 7, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b c d "La biographie de Gwendal Peizerat" [Gwendal Peizerat biography] (in French). premiere.fr. 21 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Ohnona, Joachim (31 March 2014). "Gwendal Peizerat : Le patineur surprend en papa rockeur, avec Baby Rock" [Gwendal Peizerat: The skater surprises as rocker dad with Baby Rock]. Pure People (in French). 
  10. ^ Peizerat, Gwendal (22 December 2013). "...she was impatient, so yesterday she was born...and her name is Lilas! ;-)". Twitter.com. 
  11. ^ a b c "Free dances - Original dances - Exhibitions - Compulsories list". Archived from the original on 19 July 2006. 
  12. ^ a b "Marina ANISSINA / Gwendal PEIZERAT: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 August 2001. 
  13. ^ a b "Marina ANISSINA / Gwendal PEIZERAT: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 August 2002. 

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