If French figure skating pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron win Olympic gold at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea next month, Ed Sheeran deserves to share the podium with them.
Papadakis and Cizeron have been skating their short programs to Sheeran’s songs “Shape of You” and “Thinking out Load.” For the free dance, their routine is synced with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”
Cizeron said that it was a conscious effort on their part to choose the pop songs from English singer Sheeran, because younger people can relate to it. Hopefully, they can make figure skating interesting and inspire youth to take up the sport.
Papadakis added that everybody has heard the song, “unless you’ve been living in a cave.”
“We knew it was a little original, something different, and it’s something we wanted,” she said. “We wanted something modern, young, more urban, because that’s more like us.”
For their free dance, Papadakis said they wanted another familiar tune, even if “not a lot of people listen to it on the radio.” She said most people have heard Beethoven’s opus and it’s “music that talks to people.”
The pair has been winning titles left and right during the 2017-2108 season including: the European Figure Skating Championships title, Grand Prix Final, Grand Prix Cup of China, Grand Prix France, and the Finlandia Trophy.
Both Papadakis and Cizeron, however, are focused on winning Olympic gold in PyeongChang, a goal they set for themselves back in 2014 as revealed in an interview with Inside Skating.
Papadakis also said that their mindset has changed because they are now taking figure skating more seriously – which meant moving to Montreal to further their training.
“We weren’t completely dedicated to it as we are now,” she said. “Our skating, we improved a lot, and also our off-ice training, mental condition, everything.”