Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat: A Lifelong Connection

Susan D. Russell
Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat

The last time Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat were in the Palais des Expositions in Nice, France they danced away with their first and only World title.

And so it was with fond memories that 12 years later the duo returned to the French Riviera to take in the action at the 2012 World Championships.

“Being here brought back loud memories,” Peizerat said with a smile. “You could hear during this whole week how loud it was in the arena, but back in 2000, it was double. It was really loud and it was very impressive.”

Peizerat recalled that during the warm-up for the free dance, he and Anissina could not hear each other due to the volume in the arena. “For six minutes, the noise never stopped. It was crazy."

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Originally published in June 2012