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Gabriella Papadakis, Guillaume Cizeron to go year-plus between competitions

Gabriella Papadakis, Guillaume Cizeron

Winners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the pairs Ice Dance Rhythm Dance event of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships at the Steiermark hall in Graz, Austria, on January 23, 2020. (Photo by BARBARA GINDL / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by BARBARA GINDL/APA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the world’s top ice dance couple, plan to go 14 months between competitions, returning at the season-ending world championships in March.

Papadakis and Cizeron, who live and train in Quebec, cited coronavirus pandemic-related travel concerns of trying to re-enter Canada if they leave, according to French media. So they will instead skip the French Championships in December and the European Championships in January.

The world championships are in Stockholm.

Papadakis and Cizeron, who contracted the coronavirus in July and recovered, were entered in a November Grand Prix Series event in France before that was canceled last month.

The couple last competed at the most recent European Championships last January, taking silver for their first defeat in this Olympic cycle.

Papadakis and Cizeron are four-time world champions and 2018 Olympic silver medalists behind the now-retired Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

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