Piper Gilles is a Canadian Ice Dancer who currently represents Canada on the world stage. Skating with her partner, Paul Poirier, the duo most recently won their first bronze medal at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championship in Stockholm, Sweden and their first Canadian Championship in 2020.
Gilles also represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games where she and Poirier placed 8th. Her career started at a very young age with a family full of competitive skaters. Her family's competitiveness helped fuel her desire to excel in a sport she loves.
Get to know them
- What is a goal you’re working on?
I will push myself to be my absolute best for the 2022 Winter Games. I have my sights set on a medal.
- What is a book you read that made an impact on you?
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle. This book was filled with so many realities of life that are so hard to speak out loud. It really opened my mind when I felt like I was at a low point. I would recommend this book to anybody who needs a good reminder of how incredible they are.
- What is one thing that everyone should experience in your city?
Anyone visiting Toronto needs to rent a bike and pack a picnic for an evening sunset at Tommy Thompson Park. Take the bike trail all the way until the end, where you can see the whole city. The orange and pink sky setting above the skyscrapers is something you don’t want to miss.
- What’s your favourite way to sweat?
My favourite way to sweat is doing Pilates. The movement can be so subtle, but so impactful. Every time I do it, I always leave feeling more aligned and stronger.
- Song you never get sick of listening to?
I have two! Fast Cars and Talkin’ Bout a Revolution by Tracy Chapman. Both of these songs make me want to go on a road trip, put the windows down, and belt out the lyrics.