Paul Poirier teamed up with Piper Gilles in July 2011 after his successful partnership with Vanessa Crone came to an end. With Crone, Poirier had won a world junior silver medal in 2008, a Canadian title in 2011 and competed at three world championships as well as the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Gilles and Poirier broke onto the podium at their first national championships together in January 2012 but were not eligible to compete internationally at either the 2012 ISU Four Continents or World Championships because Gilles had competed for the United States the year prior. They debuted on the ISU Grand Prix together in the fall of 2012.
After winning silver at the 2013 Canadian championships, Gilles and Poirier finished fifth at their first Four Continents Championships and 18th at the ISU World Championships.
2013 Canadian Silver Medallist… 2012 Canadian Bronze Medallist…
Getting into the Sport: Started skating at age five… Was put into hockey along with his brothers but instead of chasing the puck would spin on the faceoff dots… Was enrolled in figure skating and loved being able to do what he wanted… Outside Interests: Enjoys modern dance, ballet and reading… Working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at Trinity College, University of Toronto, expecting to graduate in 2015… Odds and Ends: Favourite Olympic memory is walking into the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony… Favourite quote: “Work is love made visible.” – Khalil Gibran… Suffered a fracture dislocation in his right ankle in May 2013, requiring surgery to insert plates and screws but returned to compete in the fall of 2013…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Olympic Winter Games: 2010 – 14th (with Vanessa Crone)
ISU World Championships: 2013 – 18th (with Piper Gilles); 2011 – 10th (with Vanessa Crone); 2010 – 7th (with Vanessa Crone); 2009 – 12th (with Vanessa Crone)…