World Champion in ice skating
Gabriella Papadakis is an ice dancer and with her partner in ice skating Guillaume Cizeron are the 2015 World champion, the 2015 and 2016 European champion, the 2014 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and two-time (2015, 2016) French national champion.
Papadakis was born on 10 May 1995 in France. Her father, Emmanuel Papadakis is from Athens, her mother Catherine is a skating coach.
«My father is from Athens Greece, but his whole family come from Crete. I knew a few phrases in Greek, but since i haven’t been in Greece for many years now, I forgot it» Gabriella said in an interview in the newspaper «L’Equipe».
Papadakis and Cizeron teamed up when they were about 9 or 10 years old in Clermont-Ferrand at the suggestion of her mother who coached them from the beginning of their partnership. They debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in 2009–10, placing 15th at JGP United States. They were 22nd at the 2010 World Junior Championships.
In 2010–11, Papadakis and her partner finished 4th at JGP France and then won bronze at their second event, in Austria. They advanced to 12th at the 2011 World Junior Championships.
A year later, they finished 4th at both of their Junior Grand Prix events. They rose to 5th at the 2012 World Junior Championships. In June 2012, they decided to move to Lyon to train with new coaches Muriel Zazoui, Romain Haguenauer, and Olivier Schoenfelder. They competed in their fourth season of the Junior Grand Prix, winning their first title at JGP France and then taking another gold medal at JGP Austria, where they scored their personal best of 142.08 points. Papadakis and Cizeron won the silver medal in Sochi behind Russian ice dancers Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin.
At the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan, the couple placed second in the short dance. On the day of the free dance, Papadakis sprained her ankle in an off-ice warm up before the morning practice. They placed 3rd in the free dance and second overall, stepping onto the podium along with gold medalists Stepanova dnd Bukin and bronze medalists Aldridge and Eaton.
In July 2014, Papadakis and Cizeron relocated with Haguenauer to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The two began their season by winning an ISU Challenger Series event, the 2014 Skate Canada Autumn Classic. In November, Papadakis/Cizeron reached their first Grand Prix podium, winning gold at the 2014 Cup of China. They took their second GP title at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final.
In January 2015, the couple ranked first in both segments at the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm and took the gold medal by a margin of 8.45 points over the World champions, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte.
At the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, Papadakis and Cizeron placed second to Italy’s Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte in the short dance but were first in the free dance and won their second European title.