Piper Gilles

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Piper Gilles
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.jpg
Gilles and Poirier in 2012
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Former country(ies) represented United States
Born (1992-01-16) January 16, 1992 (age 25)
Rockford, Illinois
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Partner Paul Poirier
Former partner Zachary Donohue, Timothy McKernan
Coach Carol Lane, Jon Lane, Juris Razgulajevs
Former coach Patti Gottwein, Christopher Dean, Rich Griffin
Choreographer Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs, Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier
Former choreographer Tom Dickson, Christopher Dean
Skating club Scarboro FSC
Former skating club Broadmoor Skating Club
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 183.17
2016 Skate Canada
Short dance 72.83
2017 Worlds
Free dance 110.45
2016 Skate Canada

Piper Gilles (born January 16, 1992) is an American-Canadian ice dancer who currently represents Canada internationally. With Paul Poirier, she is the 2014 Four Continents silver medalist and a four-time Canadian national medalist.

Earlier in her career, Gilles competed for the United States with Timothy McKernan and Zachary Donohue, winning four medals altogether on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

Personal life[edit]

Piper Gilles was born January 16, 1992 in Rockford, Illinois.[1] She attended Cheyenne Mountain High School.[2] Her mother and grandmother are Canadian.[3] She herself became a Canadian citizen on December 17, 2013.[4] Her older brother, Todd, competed in ice dancing and her twin sister, Alexe, in singles.[5]


Early career[edit]

Gilles teamed up with Timothy McKernan in January 2003 after skating with him on a temporary basis earlier.[6] They began competing on the Juvenile level in 2004 winning the bronze medal. In 2005 they were the Intermediate Dance champions. During their career, they were the 2007 U.S. Junior pewter medalists and the 2008 U.S. Junior silver medalists. They announced the end of their partnership on May 22, 2008.[7]

Gilles teamed up with Zachary Donohue in the summer of 2008. They made their international debut at the 2008–2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, which they won. At their second event, in Cape Town, South Africa, they won the silver medal. They won the bronze medal on the junior level at the 2009 U.S. Championships. Their split was announced in May 2010.[8] With the likelihood of finding a new partner low, Gilles decided to pursue other interests but returned to skating a year later.[3]

Partnership with Poirier[edit]

Canadian ice dancer Paul Poirier contacted Gilles to arrange a tryout.[3] On July 27, 2011, Gilles and Poirier confirmed they had teamed up to represent Canada.[9] They could not compete internationally in their first season due to Gilles needing a release from U.S. Figure Skating.[9] They are coached by Carol Lane at the Scarboro Figure Skating Club at the Ice Galaxy in Scarborough, Ontario.[9][10] Their free dance was choreographed by Christopher Dean in Colorado Springs, Colorado in early June.[11] 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.[12] 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,[4] 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.[13] 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.[14] The team then went on to place fifth 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.


With Poirier[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2016-2017 [15]
  • 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

With Donohue[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Thank God I'm a Country Boy
    by John Denver
  • Country Roads
    by John Denver
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia
    by Charlie Daniels Band

  • Flamenco medley
    by the Gypsy Queens and Kings
Alfred Hitchcock movies:
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
    by Bernard Herrmann
  • Vertigo Suite
    by Bernard Hermann
  • North by Northwest Overture
    by Bernard Herrmann
  • Go Daddy-O
    by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Flat Foot Floogie
    by Yallopin' Hounds Orchestra
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
    by James Horner
  • Malagenha
    by Sergei Mendes
  • Besame Mucho
    performed by Michel Petrucciani with the Graffiti Quartet
  • Pontero en Libertad
    by Monica Naranja

With McKernan[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
  • St. James Infirmary Blues
  • Cinderella
  • Tanguedia
    by Astor Piazzolla
  • Bulgarian Baroque
    (from Dreamscape)

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Poirier[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)

With Donohue[edit]

Event 2008–09 2009–10
JGP Czech Republic 1st
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Hungary 4th
JGP South Africa 2nd
U.S. Champ. 3rd J. 3rd J.
Midwestern Sectionals 2nd J.
J. = Junior level
JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With McKernan[edit]

Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08
JGP Austria 5th
JGP Chinese Taipei 6th
JGP Mexico 3rd
JGP United Kingdom 4th
NACS Vancouver 1st J.
NACS Pierrefonds 4th N.
U.S. Champ. 7th N. 4th J. 2nd J.
Midwestern Sectionals 2nd N. 2nd J. 2nd J.
Southwestern Regionals 1st N.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
JGP: Junior Grand Prix; NCAS= North American Challenge Skate


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  21. ^ "Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Piper GILLES / Zachary DONOHUE: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 9, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Piper GILLES / Zachary DONOHUE: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. 
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External links[edit]

Media related to Piper Gilles at Wikimedia Commons