French figure skaters set ice dance world record, U.S. claims Olympic bronze

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French figure skaters set ice dance world record, U.S. claims Olympic bronze Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform during the figure skating ice dance free dance competition at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games on Monday at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 14 (UPI) — French figure skaters Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron dominated on the ice, posting a world-record total score of 226.98 to win gold in the ice dance – free dance at the 2022 Winter Games on Monday in Beijing.

“I think we don’t believe it yet,” Papadakis told NBC. “Honestly it feels completely unreal. We have been waiting for this.

“This is the medal that we wanted. My brain doesn’t understand it.”

Russian’s Victoria Sinitsina claimed silver with a total score of 220.51. Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue posted a 218.02 for bronze.

Papadakis and Cizeron, who claimed silver at the 2018 Winter Games, posted a 90.83 in the short dance to beat their own world record and gave themselves a two-point edge before the free dance.

They finished with a 136.15 in the second portion of the event, well ahead of the competition.

Americans Evan Bates and Madison Chock finished fourth, ahead of Italy’s Marco Fabbri and Charlene Guignard in the Top 5.

The Olympic figure skating schedule continues with the women’s single skating short program Tuesday in Beijing. The event airs at 5 a.m. EST on USA.

The winners of the figure skating ice dance free competition pose together during the venue ceremony at Capital Indoor Stadium at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on February 14. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI | License Photo

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