Lewis Gibson is looking to continue his winning streak as he begins a new season of international competition. The Olympic ice dancer and his partner Lilah Fear have dominated the European scene in recent years.
This weekend the duo is back in action at the Nebelhorn Trophy, taking place in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Gibson seems motivated to get back out there.
“Oberstdorf ready! “First Challenger series of the season,” he posted on Instagram, complete with the requisite emojis.
Gibson and Fear enjoyed a breakthrough season in the 2022-23 season, taking silver at the European Championships. The gay Scottish dancer and his partner achieved the best result for a British team since Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won gold in 1994.
Gibson and Fear performed to a medley of Lady Gaga hits and thrilled the audience and the jury with their fast-paced performance.
They opened with a classic version of “Bad Romance” before ramping up their energy for their final number as “Born This Way” blared in the background.
“The audience was electrifying and we benefited from it” Gibson said in the post-skate press release. “It was so great when we could perform with everyone behind us.”
After their spectacular silver medal triumph, Gibson and Fear finished a career-best fourth at the World Championships in Japan, just 3.15 points behind the bronze medalists.
“We really wanted to show how much we can give in a competition,” Gibson said in one Current interview. “Don’t skate carefully because you won’t get the results you want. I think that’s what we wanted going into the World Cup and we were able to achieve that and it’s so exhilarating.”
Since their breakthrough at the 2022 World Championships, they have enjoyed four ISU Grand Prix podiums, two ISU Challenger Series wins and four consecutive British titles.
Additionally, Gibson and Fears made their first Olympics in 2022, placing 10th in rhythm dance and ninth in free dance.
“Team GB has such a long tradition, particularly in ice dancing,” Gibson said afterwards. via Olympics.com. “We’re just so proud to carry this forward and continue to carry it forward.”
Instead of resting this offseason, Gibson and Fear took part in their first tour. Fantasy on icean annual show in Japan.
“We are SO excited to be traveling to Japan Fantasy on ice“, they shared on Instagram. “It’s our first tour and a great honor. We have great memories of our time in Japan and can’t wait to make many more!”
Speaking of sharing, Gibson spoke out publicly in early 2020 when he posted a Valentine’s Day photo with then-boyfriend and now-husband Joshua Walsh.
Gibson says the strength of other gay skaters like Adam Rippon and French gold medalist Guillaume Cizeron motivated him to finally live openly.
“I’ve seen so many people who have gone before me and just live their truth and be so authentic when they perform in their sport and really want that for myself too,” Gibson Outsports said.
In particular, Gibson said that one of his turning points was seeing Rippon perform at a Finlandia Trophy competition before the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“He had such energy and charisma that you can’t stop watching him,” he said. “It just lights up the place. And I love that he owns everything he wants and who he is.”
These days, Walsh is a mainstay in Gibson’s starting lineup.
Like many athletes, Gibson feared that his coming out would have a negative impact on his career. But he couldn’t have been more wrong.
He experienced his greatest success in skating as an out gay man.
“I just think, ‘Could this be a detriment to my skating?’” he said. “And I thought, ‘I can’t live without sharing who I am and who I love.’ And I’m really glad that as time goes on, I do things like that and embrace that side of myself more and more.”
This season, Gibson and Fear chose a mix of ’80s rhythm-dance music as their soundtrack, including the iconic “Sweet Dreams,” which they say conveys “sensuality and attack.”
“We wanted to create something that felt somewhat cohesive to the program, so we ended up with – I think this was our fifth concept – we ended up with ‘Sweet Dreams,’ and we wanted to make it a complete program,” he told Gibson . “We worked a lot on the tracks. There are three different versions happening at the same time.”
With all of their recent success, Gibson and Fear’s dreams are surely only getting sweeter. Your ride begins again this weekend in Germany.