French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke their own world record scores in the last major competition before the Olympics.
Papadakis and Cizeron totaled 203.16 points with 121.87 in Saturday’s free dance at the European Championships, both new bests, in Moscow.
Full results are here. NBCSN will air coverage Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
The French go into the Olympics as favorites over Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won all three of their head-to-heads last season.
But the French finally overcame the 2010 Olympic champions Virtue and Moir at December’s Grand Prix Final.
Virtue and Moir rank No. 2 under an eight-year-old ice dance system with a personal best of 199.86 points.
Papadakis and Cizeron became the youngest world champions in ice dance in 40 years in 2015, then repeated as world champs in 2016.
Virtue and Moir returned after two years off for the 2016-17 season and went undefeated, including dethroning the French at worlds.
Three U.S. couples are the top contenders for the Olympic bronze medal.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White have not competed since becoming the first U.S. Olympic ice dance champions in Sochi.
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