4 things you need to know about the tournament starting in Montpellier on Wednesday

Ten years after Nice, the World Figure Skating Championships are back in France. For five days starting Wednesday, March 23, Montpellier will be the center of the world for all winter sports enthusiasts. If the couple Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron get the attention after winning the Olympic gold medal, there will be other (young) French on the bridge. Especially in the absence of Russians, Belarusians and Chinese, these worlds promise to be more open than ever.

The day after Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron

Even those farthest from sports and figure skating now know their names. At the Beijing Olympics last February, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron won the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing and at the same time conquered the masses. At their favorite event, the Puy de Dome couple was better than anyone after losing the Olympics by Thread, after a previous trauma.

Returning to France, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron, who won the titles of the first Olympic champions, were able to confirm that their popularity had increased significantly. At the ice dance event on Saturday, you will have the opportunity to see this with the general public in Montpellier.

The world is back in France

There were already Verodrome Diver (1936, 1949, 1952, 1958) and Paris Bercy, Lyon and its Sports Palace (1971), or Nice and its Acropolis (2000 and 2012). Therefore, on his eighth visit to France, the World Figure Skating Championships will stop at Montpellier Arena in Montpellier. Built in 2010, a modern, multimodal enclosure, the room is France’s second multifunctional room and can accommodate up to 10,400 people in a sports-made configuration. It vibrates regularly in MHB Handball Champions League games.

Many absenteeism to report

On the ice of Montpellier, Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadice will be the only gold medalists at the last Beijing Games. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, sports sanctions have doubled against Russian and Belarusian athletes. Figure skating is no exception. Following the decision of the International Skating Union (ISU) Eighteen Russian skaters, including five Olympic medalists last month, are missing in southern France.

In addition to these diplomatic absences, American Olympic champion Nathan Chen will also miss these world championships in the package.justA couple of Chinese Olympic champions, Sui Wenjing and Han Cong.

In addition to Papadakis and Cizeron, there are other French on the bridge

After discovering the Olympic Games in Beijing, Adam Siao Him Fa is also preparing to discover the World Championships. At the age of 21, Bolderley knew the world only as a junior. In the Big League, he won four silver medals at the French Championships and remains in 14th place at the Olympics. He also made it to the top 15 of the last Olympics (12th), and Kevin Amos also started in the men’s category. A five-time French champion since 2017, he has been ranked 11th and 9th in the last two world championships.

Among the women, Léa Serna is the only representative of Tricolor and is pursuing revenge in Yellow. She made the Olympics a big goal, but the skaters failed to qualify. A recent French champion, she is also preparing to discover the world championships.

Finally, a couple of Camille and Pavel Kovalev are also there after the last French Championship victory.