The Grand Prix made its fourth stop today, Nov. 13 at the Trophée Eric Bompard. The ladies, mens and pairs short programs along with the short dance all took place in Bordeaux, France today. There were some outstanding performances along with some subpar skating, which has made for an interesting event thus far.
The ladies event is full of some incredible talent, including two Russians Julia Lipnitskaia and reigning world champion, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, but it was Gracie Gold who pulled out ahead with one of the cleanest performances in the entire ladies event. Gold landed her opening triple lutz-triple toe combination and skated a strong, sassy performance that gave her a seven point lead going into the free skate. “I’m really happy with how I skated today,” Gold said according to the IceNetwork. “We really worked hard since Skate America.The last two weeks were really hard, but I was strong from start to end.”
Currently in second place is Julia Lipnitskaia who skated to an Elvis Presley medley. Julia landed a nice triple toe-triple toe combination and held onto a triple flip. Surprisingly in third place is Roberta Rodeghiero from Italy. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva struggled once again in her short program, as she did at Skate America. She fell on her opening triple axel, opened up and stepped out of her triple flip and turned out of her triple toe-triple toe combination. It certainly was not her day as she is currently in fifth place, but she has proven that she is a fighter and may just make a comeback in the free skate.
The men’s event was somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. 2014 Olympic silver medalist, Patrick Chan doubled his intended quad toe combination and put both hands down on his triple axel, which has put him currently into fifth place. Max Aaron, who took home the gold at Skate America, fell on his triple axel, and put his hand down on his quad salchow and is now sitting in seventh place and at risk of not making it into the Grand Prix Final.
In the end it was Japan’s Shoma Uno who stole the show with an inspiring performance that brought the audience to their feet. Uno landed a nice triple axel, quad toe and triple flip-triple toe combination. Russian Maxim Kovtun attempted two quads in his performance to “I Can’t Dance.” They were not entirely clean, but it was enough to put him into second place. Currently in third is Japan’s Daisuke Murakami, who had a beautiful skate but made an error by turning an intended triple jump on the back end of the combination into a single.
When it comes to ice dance, it is Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue who are in the lead edging out Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier by less than one point. Russians Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin are in third place heading into the free dance. It will be exciting to see which medals are obtained by each of the teams as the top three teams are separated by less than five points.
Finally in pairs, it is not surprising to see reigning Olympic champions, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov currently residing in first place with a nine point lead. They are certainly in a league of their own. Holding onto second place is France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres who gave a sultry performance to “Put A Spell On You” by Joss Stone. Canadians Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau are in third place going into the free skate.
The Trophée Eric Bompard will conclude tomorrow, Nov. 14 with the ladies, men’s and pairs free skate along with the free dance. Check your local listings or tune into the IceNetwork and watch as medals are won and skaters punch their tickets to the Grand Prix Final.
Ladies short program results:
1. Gracie Gold USA – 73.32 (WATCH NOW)
2. Julia Lipnitskaia RUS – 65.63 (WATCH NOW)
3. Roberta Rodeghiero ITA – 58.81 (WATCH NOW)
4. Kanako Murakami JPN – 58.30 (WATCH NOW)
5. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva RUS – 56.21 (WATCH NOW)
6. Gabrielle Daleman CAN – 55.35 (WATCH NOW)
7. Angelina Kuchvalska LAT – 53.68 (WATCH NOW)
8. Angela Wang USA – 53.60 (WATCH NOW)
9. Haruka Imai JPN – 47.87 (WATCH NOW)
10. Brooklee Han AUS – 47.65 (WATCH NOW)
11. Mae Berenice Meite FRA – 46.82 (WATCH NOW)
12. Laurine Lecavelier FRA – 46.53 (WATCH NOW)
Short dance program results:
1 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 64.45 (WATCH NOW)
2 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN 63.94 (WATCH NOW)
3 Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN RUS 60.64 (WATCH NOW)
4 Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND GBR 58.34 (WATCH NOW)
5 Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY / Nikolaj SORENSEN DEN 54.72 (WATCH NOW)
6 Anna YANOVSKAYA / Sergey MOZGOV RUS 52.88 (WATCH NOW)
7 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR TUR 47.6 (WATCH NOW)
Men’s short program results:
1. Shoma Uno JPN – 89.56 (WATCH NOW)
2. Maxim Kovtun RUS – 86.82 (WATCH NOW)
3. Daisuke Murakami JPN – 80.24 (WATCH NOW)
4. Denis Ten KAZ – 80.10 (WATCH NOW)
5. Patrick Chan CAN – 76.10 (WATCH NOW)
6. Alexander Petrov RUS – 74.64 (WATCH NOW)
7. Max Aaron USA – 72.91 (WATCH NOW)
8. Yi Wang CHN – 72.08 (WATCH NOW)
9. Jin Seo Kim KOR – 71.24 (WATCH NOW)
10. Chafik Besseghier FRA – 68.38 (WATCH NOW)
11. Romain Ponsart FRA – 62.68 (WATCH NOW)
Pairs short program results:
1 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV RUS 74.50 (WATCH NOW)
2 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES FRA 65.75 (WATCH NOW)
3 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU CAN 64.95 (WATCH NOW)
4 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN 64.10 (WATCH NOW)
5 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 64.08
6 Marissa CASTELLI / Mervin TRAN USA 62.63 (WATCH NOW)
7 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 62.32 (WATCH NOW)
8 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 50.56 (WATCH NOW)