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Russian ice dancers win silver in France, enter Grand Prix finals

This result allowed them to enter the Grand Prix finals

MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. Russian ice dancers Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov won silver in the dance competition of the Grand Prix stage in Grenoble, France.

The couple scored 200.38 points by performing free and rhythm dances. This result allowed them to enter the Grand Prix finals, which will be held in Vancouver on December 5-9.

France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won the gold medal at the stage competition.

On Saturday, they set world records in the free skate program and the sum of the programs (132.65 and 216.78 points, respectively), outrunning the US’ ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue in terms of total result (200.82) and Russians Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin in free skate program (124.94).

On the eve they also set a world record in the short program (84.13). The skaters took part only in the French stage of the Grand Prix and did not qualify for the finals of the competition.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won bronze with the score 188.74 points. Russia’s Betina Popova and Sergey Mozgov became the eighth (163.18).

Besides Sinitsina and Katsalapov, also Stepanova and Bukin made it to the Grand Prix final. Following the results of the French stage, it also became known that another Russian couple Tiffany Zagorsky and Jonathan Gurreiro will perform in Vancouver. For the first time in history, three Russian duets will perform in the Grand Prix finals. In the previous season, the Russians did not take part in the final dance competitions.