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Charlène Edith Magali Guignard (born 12 August 1989) is a French-Italian ice dancer. Competing for Italy with Marco Fabbri, she is the 2019 European bronze medalist, 2018–19 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and 2019 Italian national champion. The two are also four-time Lombardia Trophy champions, two-time Golden Spin of Zagreb champions, and eight-time Italian national silver medalists. They represented Italy at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Charlène Guignard
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Guignard/Fabbri at the 2018 European Championships
Personal information
Full nameCharlène Edith Magali Guignard
Country representedItaly
Former country(ies) representedFrance
Born (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 30)
Brest, France
ResidenceMilan, Italy
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
PartnerMarco Fabbri
Former partnerGuillaume Paulmier
Goulven Fourdan
Christopher Guignard
CoachBarbara Fusar-Poli, Igor Shpilband
ChoreographerBarbara Fusar-Poli, Corrado Giordani
Former choreographerLiudmila Vlasova
Skating clubAgora Skating Team
Training locationsMilan
Novi, Michigan
Began skating1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total203.34
2019 Internationaux de France
Short dance81.66
2019 Worlds
Free dance123.69
2019 Internationaux de France

Guignard previously skated for France, appearing at two World Junior Championships with Guillaume Paulmier.

Personal lifeEdit

Charlène Edith Magali Guignard[1] was born on 12 August 1989 in Brest, France.[2] She became an Italian citizen in August 2013.[3][4]


Early careerEdit

Guignard began learning to skate in 1993.[2] Early in her career, she competed for France. Following partnerships with Christopher Guignard and Goulven Fourdan, she teamed up with Guillaume Paulmier. The two debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in the 2006–07 season. They finished 18th at the 2008 World Junior Championships and 19th in 2009.

2010–11 season: Debut of Guignard/FabbriEdit

Guignard and Italy's Marco Fabbri found each other on Icepartnersearch.[5] They began competing together for Italy in the 2010–11 season, coached by Barbara Fusar-Poli.[6] They finished fourth in their international debut, at the 2010 NRW Trophy, before winning the bronze medal at the 2010 Golden Spin of Zagreb. The duo took the silver medal at the Italian Championships. In April 2011, they were sent to their first ISU Championship – the 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. They qualified for the free dance and finished 19th overall.

2011–12 seasonEdit

In the 2011–12 season, Guignard/Fabbri repeated as the Italian national silver medalists and placed 11th at their first European Championships in Sheffield, England.

2012–13 season: Grand Prix debutEdit

In 2012–13, Guignard/Fabbri debuted on the Grand Prix series, placing fifth at the 2012 Cup of China. Ranked 8th in both segments, they finished 9th at the 2013 European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia . At the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario, Canada, they were 16th in the short dance, 15th in the free dance, and 17th overall.

2013–14 season: Sochi OlympicsEdit

Guignard/Fabbri began the 2013–14 season with a silver medal at the 2013 Ondrej Nepela Trophy and then placed 7th at their sole Grand Prix event, the 2013 Skate Canada International. They were awarded gold at the 2013 NRW Trophy before winning their fourth consecutive national silver medal. In January 2014, they finished 8th at the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In February, Guignard/Fabbri represented Italy at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia; they placed 15th in the short dance, 14th in the free, and 14th overall. They had the same final result in March at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, after placing 17th in the short and 12th in the free dance.

2014–15 seasonEdit

Making their Challenger Series (CS) debut, Guignard/Fabbri won the silver medal at the 2014 Ondrej Nepela Trophy. Having received two Grand Prix invitations, they placed sixth at the 2014 Skate America and fifth at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. In December, they were awarded silver medals at the 2014 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb and Italian Championships. The two finished sixth at the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, and 12th at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, China.

2015–16 seasonEdit

Guignard/Fabbri placed fourth at both of their 2015–16 Grand Prix events, the 2015 Skate Canada International and 2015 Rostelecom Cup. Turning to the Challenger Series, they won gold medals at the 2015 Warsaw Cup and 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb.

2016–17 seasonEdit

Guignard/Fabbri defended their title at the 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, and also won the 2016 CS Lombardia Trophy. They placed fourth at both of their events on the 2016–17 Grand Prix, and won their seventh silver medal at the Italian Championships. They placed sixth at the 2017 European Championships, and eleventh at the 2017 World Championships.

2017–18 season: Pyeongchang OlympicsEdit

The duo began the season with their second straight victory at Lombardia, as well as a silver medal at the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb. They placed fifth at both of their Grand Prix assignments, and won their eighth silver medal at the Italian Championships. The two finished ninth at the 2018 European Championships.

Guignard/Fabbri competed at their second Olympics, this time in Pyeongchang, where they placed tenth.[7] They finished the season at the 2018 World Championships, held in their training location of Milan, and placed ninth. Their result, combined with the fourth-place finish of Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, earned Italy three spots at the following year's world championships.

2018–19 season: Grand Prix and European bronze, first national titleEdit

Beginning the season at the 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy, Guignard/Fabbri won their third straight title. Competing at the 2018 Skate America event, they won the silver medal, the team's first on the Grand Prix. Fabbri remarked that the medal "is a great reward for us. We started from zero when Charléne and I started skating together. I had just started ice dance and she didn’t have international experience. We are proud of what we have achieved."[8] They won silver at their second event, the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki, as well, despite a fall in the free dance. These results qualified them for the Grand Prix Final for the first time in their careers. At the Final, they placed second in the rhythm dance and third in the free dance, capturing the bronze medal overall.[9]

Following their Grand Prix success, Guignard/Fabbri won the Italian national title for the first time in their career.[10] At the 2019 European Championships, they placed third in the rhythm dance, behind Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron and Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin. Expected medal contenders Victoria Sinitsina / Nikita Katsalapov made serious errors that took them effectively out of contention.[11] Guignard/Fabbri were fourth in the free dance, behind Sinitsina/Katsalapov in third, but won the bronze medal overall. Fabbri opined that the free dance had been "our best performance. Scores don’t always well the truth. Sometimes you feel you skated better, but you get less. Sometimes you feel you didn’t skate that well and you get more points. This time we felt we skated our best."[12]

Guignard/Fabbri placed eighth at the 2019 World Championships in Saitama, and concluded the season as part of Team Italy at the 2019 World Team Trophy.[13][14]

2019–20 seasonEdit

Guignard/Fabbri won their fourth consecutive gold medal at the Lombardia Trophy to begin the season. Shortly afterward, Fabbri injured the tendons in his right hand, and for some time the team contemplated withdrawing from the Grand Prix as a result. However, a week before the 2019 Internationaux de France, the decision was made to compete.[15] They placed third in the rhythm dance, while being the only team to correctly execute all keypoints on the pattern dance.[16] Third in the free dance as well, Fabbri remarked afterward "we didn’t think we would have been here until one week ago. We couldn’t expect more from this competition."[15]


With FabbriEdit

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Tango: Miedo a la Libertad
    by Tanghetto
  • Tango: La Chanson des vieux amants
    performed by Kantango
  • Tango: Tanos
    by Lino Cannavacciuvolo
  • Salsa: La Tormenta
    performed by Sergio George's Salsa Giants
  • Rhumba: Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan
    by Gloria Estefan
  • Samba: Samba de Rio Pardo
    by Miguel Preto
  • Chello: Lamberto Curtoni[19]

  • Flamenco: Farrucas
    by Jose Galvan
  • Paso Doble: Gato Montes
    by Hugo Montenegro
  • Waltz: Buongiorno A Te
    performed by Luciano Pavarotti
  • Polka: Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    by Johann Strauss
  • Cha Cha: Cuentame
    by The Manhattan Transfer
  • Rhumba: All Is Fair In Love
    by Stevie Wonder
  • Samba: Comadre Compadre
    by King Africa

With PaulmierEdit

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Bharati
American country dance:
  • Stand By Your Men
    by Dixie Chicks
  • Rodeo Girls
  • Zombie
    by Dolores O'Riordan
  • Belphegor
    by Bruno Coulais


GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Fabbri for ItalyEdit

Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 14th 10th
Worlds 19th 17th 14th 12th 10th 11th 9th 8th
Europeans 11th 9th 8th 6th 7th 6th 5th 3rd
GP Final 3rd
GP Cup of China 5th
GP Finland 2nd
GP France 5th 5th 3rd
GP Rostelecom 4th 4th 5th
GP Skate America 6th 4th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 7th 4th
CS Alpen Trophy 1st
CS Golden Spin 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
CS Lombardia 1st 1st 1st 1st
CS Nepela Trophy 2nd
CS Warsaw Cup 1st
Bavarian Open 1st
Finlandia 4th
Lombardia 2nd
Mont Blanc 3rd
Nepela Trophy 2nd
New Year's Cup 1st
NRW Trophy 4th 2nd 1st
Pavel Roman 3rd
Trophy of Lyon 1st
Universiade 1st
Italian Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
Team events
Olympics 4th T
4th P
World Team Trophy 6th T
5th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result

With Paulmier for FranceEdit

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
Junior Worlds 18th 19th
JGP Bulgaria 9th
JGP Czech Republic 12th
JGP France 8th
JGP United States 5th
Santa Claus Cup 1st J
French Champ. 5th
J = Junior level


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