Paul Poirier teamed up with Piper Gilles in July 2011. At their first national championships together in January 2012, they won the bronze medal in ice dance but were ineligible to compete internationally that season because Gilles had competed for the United States the year prior. They debuted as a couple on the ISU Grand Prix in the fall of 2012 and competed at their first world championships together in 2013.

After Gilles was granted Canadian citizenship in December 2013, they had hoped to qualify for Sochi 2014, but came one spot shy of being named to the Olympic team. Instead they competed at the Four Continents Championships, winning the silver medal. They had one of their strongest seasons in 2014-15, winning a pair of silver medals on the Grand Prix series and qualifying for the Grand Prix Final. They went on to post a career-best finish at the world championships, placing sixth.

Gaining a reputation as fun and innovative skaters, Gilles and Poirier had their partial step sequence from the 2015-16 short dance adopted as a new pattern dance by the ISU and dubbed the Maple Leaf March. At the 2017 World Championships they recorded their second straight eighth-place finish.

Poirier had a prior successful partnership with Vanessa Crone that included a world junior silver medal in 2008, a Canadian title in 2011, and competing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.


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… Undergraduate Fellow in linguistics at the Jackson Humanities Institute of the University of Toronto… 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…