Paul Poirier

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Paul Poirier
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.jpg
Gilles and Poirier in 2012
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1991-11-06) November 6, 1991 (age 25)
Ottawa, Ontario
Home town Unionville, Ontario
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Partner Piper Gilles
Former partner Vanessa Crone
Coach Carol Lane, Jon Lane, Juris Razgulajevs
Choreographer Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier
Former choreographer Christopher Dean
Skating club Scarboro FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 183.17
2016 Skate Canada
Short dance 72.83
2017 Worlds
Free dance 110.45
2016 Skate Canada

Paul Poirier (born November 6, 1991) is a Canadian ice dancer. With Piper Gilles, he is the 2014 Four Continents silver medalist and a four-time Canadian national medalist.

With earlier partner Vanessa Crone, he is the 2010 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist, 2008 World Junior silver medalist, and 2011 Canadian national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Paul Poirier was born November 6, 1991 in Ottawa, Ontario[1] to Debra Mendes de Franca[2] and Marc Poirier.[3] He studied linguistics at the University of Toronto.[4] His brother plays in the Ontario Hockey League.[5]


Early career[edit]

Early in his career, Poirier also competed in single skating, and pair skating with Vanessa Crone.[6] The duo began skating together in May 2001.[7] They won the silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships.[8]

Senior career with Crone[edit]

Crone/Poirier won silver at 2008 Skate Canada, their first senior Grand Prix event, and placed fourth in their second event.[9] The next season they claimed the bronze at 2009 NHK Trophy. At the 2010 Canadian Championships, they were nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[10] They finished 7th at the 2010 World Championships.

Crone/Poirier began the 2010–11 season by capturing gold at 2010 Skate Canada International ahead of Sinead Kerr and John Kerr who had a fall in the free dance. At 2010 Skate America, Poirier fell in the free dance but their score was enough for the silver behind Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of whom fell, and ahead of Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani with no falls. Their results qualified them for the 2010–11 Grand Prix Final where they won the bronze medal. They finished 10th at the 2011 World Championships.

On June 2, 2011, Crone and Poirier announced the end of their ten-year partnership.[4] He said he would search for a new partner to continue his competitive career and did not exclude looking internationally.[11]

Partnership with Gilles[edit]

Poirier contacted American ice dancer Piper Gilles to arrange a tryout.[12] On July 27, 2011, Gilles and Poirier confirmed they had teamed up to represent Canada.[13] They could not compete internationally in their first season due to Gilles needing a release from U.S. Figure Skating.[13] They are coached by Carol Lane at the Scarboro Figure Skating Club at the Ice Galaxy in Toronto, Ontario.[13][14] Their free dance was choreographed by Christopher Dean in Colorado Springs, Colorado in early June.[5] Gilles/Poirier won the bronze medal at the 2012 Canadian Championships.

In the 2012–13 season, Gilles and Poirier won the U.S. Classic. They received two Grand Prix assignments, 2012 Skate Canada International and 2012 Trophée Éric Bompard.[15] They finished 4th and 6th at the two events and then won the silver medal at the 2013 Canadian Championships. They were 5th at the 2013 Four Continents and 18th at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

In May 2013, Poirier suffered a serious ankle injury,[16] delaying the duo's preparation for the upcoming season. Their assigned events for the 2013-14 Grand Prix season were the NHK Trophy, where they finished fifth, and the Rostelecom Cup, where they placed sixth.[17] Gilles became a Canadian citizen during the 2013-14 season, making Gilles and Poirier eligible to participate in the Olympics. However they finished 4th at the 2014 Canadian Championships and were not selected for the Canadian Olympic team.

For the 2014–15 Grand Prix season, Gilles and Poirier took second at 2014 Skate Canada International and second at 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard.[18] The team then went on to win the bronze at the 2014–15 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final before taking second place at the 2015 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. The ice dancers then capped off the season with a 6th place finish at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships.

Gilles and Poirier opened their 2015-16 season with a win at the 2015 Ondrej Nepela Trophy.


Ice dancing with Gilles[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2016-2017 [19]
  • Blues: Oh What A Night For Dancing by Barry White and Vance Wilson
  • Disco: Disco Inferno by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey
  • Con Buena Onda by Daniel Lomuto, Ernesto Baffa, and Hector M. Acre
  • A Street Car Named Desire
  • Overture
    from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
  • Si tu vois ma mere
    by Sidney Bechet
  • Dans les rues d'Antibes
    by Sidney Bechet
  • Would You
    by Burn The Floor Orchestra
  • Swing: Just One Dance
    by Caro Emerald
  • Quickstep: You Don't Leave Me
    by Caro Emerald
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Pure Imagination
Mary Poppins:
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Pure Imagination

Ice dancing with Crone[edit]

Crone and Poirier in 2008
Crone and Poirier in 2011
Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing
    by Danny Kaye
Original dance
  • Slow Rag: Solace
    by Scott Joplin
  • Ragtime Two-step: The Entertainer
    by Scott Joplin
  • A Los Amigos
    by A. Pontier and F. Silva
  • Tango

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating

Competitive highlights[edit]

Ice dancing with Gilles[edit]

Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
Worlds 18th 8th 6th 8th 8th
Four Continents 5th 2nd 4th 5th 6th
Grand Prix Final 5th
GP Rostelecom Cup 6th
GP NHK Trophy 5th
GP Skate America 3rd
GP Skate Canada 4th 2nd 3rd
GP Bompard 6th 2nd 2nd 3rd
CS Autumn Classic 2nd
CS Nebelhorn 3rd
CS Nepela Trophy 1st
U.S. Classic 1st
Canadian Champ. 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd
SC Challenge 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season)

Ice dancing with Crone[edit]

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Olympics 14th
Worlds 12th 7th 10th
Four Continents 4th 3rd
Grand Prix Final 6th 3rd
GP Bompard 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Rostelecom 4th
GP Skate America 2nd
GP Skate Canada 2nd 1st
International: Junior[35]
Junior Worlds 9th 2nd
JGP Final 4th
JGP Andorra 7th
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Norway 3rd
JGP Romania 1st
JGP Taiwan 5th
Canadian Champ. 12th N. 1st N. 6th J. 1st J. 4th 2nd 2nd 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

Single skating[edit]

Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
JGP France 10th
Canadian Champ. 5th N. 3rd N. 2nd J. 11th
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
JGP = Junior Grand Prix


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