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Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier take bronze at Trophé​e de France

The Canadian duo of Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier took bronze at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating's Trophee de France in Paris on Saturday.

Canadian ice dancers sat 4th after short program; Daleman finishes off podium

After entering the day in fourth place, the Canadian ice dance duo of Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier finished third overall on Saturday at the Trophee de France in Paris with a combined score of 170.78. 7:38

The Canadian duo of Piper Gilles and Paul Piorier took bronze at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating's Trophee de France in Paris on Saturday. 

Piper and Gilles, who were also bronze medallists at Skate Canada in October, moved up from fourth after the short program to earn the podium finish with a total score of 170.78. 

"We're very proud of what we did today. We didn't let the big mistake that I did yesterday defeat us. We know that we have two solid programs this season. Unfortunately, we didn't do both solid this week. We know we have things to work on", Gilles said.

France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron score of 193.50 was by far the top mark, while Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue's score of 174.58 was good for silver. 

Savchenko, Massot win again

Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot followed up their winning performance in Moscow earlier this month by finishing at the top of the podium with 210.59 points in the pairs event. 

France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron finished first overall on Saturday in the ice dance program at the Trophee de France in Paris with a winning score of 193.50. 9:38

The victory guarantees the German pair a spot in the Grand Prix Final from Dec. 7-11 in Marseille, France. 

"I think we got a very good welcome here, it was amazing to skate here. It was really hard to do two competitions in a row, physically, but more so in the head and I did bad mistakes in the beginning of the program, but I came back in the program and we did good lifts", Massot said. 

Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozo were second with a score of 206.94. 

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres scored 198.58 to nab the bronze medal in front of their home fans. 

The Trophee de France is the fourth event of the annual series. The Cup of China and the NHK Trophy later this month will be the last chances for competitors to book their place at the final. 

Fernandez repeats

Javier Fernandez also won for the second week in a row, topping the men's competition and leading the way in both programs with a total score of 285.38.

The Spaniard won the men's program at the Trophee de France in Paris on Saturday with a combined score of 285.38. 8:41

"I feel a bit tired, it is the first time I did two competitions back to back. I was happy that I was able to perform not perfect, but really good," Fernandez said. "I just hope to go to the Grand Prix Final in a better shape and try to fight to be in the podium one more time, hopefully for a better medal in the past years"

Denis Ten of Kazakhstan was the runner-up at 269.26, despite finishing third in the short and free skates. 

American Adam Rippon finished third with 267.53.

Daleman falls to 4th

Gabrielle Daleman was 2nd after the short program, but ended up in fourth place overall at 192.10. The Toronto native finished 6th in the free skate. 

Daleman was in 2nd place after the women's short program, but finished just off the podium after a disappointing free program 8:29

Russians Evgenia Medvedeva (221.54) and Maria Sotskova (200.35) took gold and silver respectively. Wakaba Higuchi of Japan finished third with a score of 194.48. 

Medvedeva finished on top of the podium at the ISU Grand Prix Trophé​e de France, winning with 221.54 total points 7:57

"I am very pleased to have qualified for the Grand Prix final again, that is a step forward for me. However, with my performance today I am absolutely not satisfied. But mistakes push you further and make you work harder", Medvedeva said. 

With files from The Associated Press

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