The Trophée Éric Bompard concluded yesterday, November 22, 2014 in Bordeaux, France with some exceptional skating. Being the fifth stop of the Grand Prix, this event served as one of the qualifiers for the Grand Prix Final set to take place on December 11-14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. In each of the six events leading up to the Grand Prix Final there are things that are learned and patterns that begin to evolve. Below you will find the results from each of the disciplines along with the five takeaways from this specific Grand Prix competition.
Ladies final results:
1. Elena Radionova RUS – 203.92
2. Julia Lipnitskaia RUS – 185.18
3. Ashley Wagner USA – 177.74
4. Courtney Hicks USA – 172.58
5. Mae Berenice Meite FRA – 169.46
6. Maria Artemieva RUS – 162.49
7. Samantha Cesario USA – 161.70
8. Haruka Imai JPN – 154.70
9. Eliska Brezinova CZE – 144.29
10. Veronik Mallet CAN – 139.64
11. Laurine Lecavelier FRA – 139.54
12. Anna Ovcharova SUI – 133.23
Men’s final results:
1. Maxim Kovtun RUS – 243.35
2. Tatsuki Machida JPN – 237.74
3. Denis Ten KAZ – 236.28
4. Konstantin Menshov RUS – 233.22
5. Adam Rippon USA – 225.42
6. Adian Pitkeev RUS – 219.38
7. Richard Dornbush USA – 219.27
8. Han Yan CHN – 216.85
9. Chafik Besseghier FRA – 211.24
10. Douglas Razzano USA – 194.24
11. Florent Amodio FRA – 193.00
Pairs final results:
1. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov RUS – 209.81
2. Wenjing Sui/Cong Han CHN – 200.68
3. Xuehan Wang/Lei Wang CHN – 181.97
4. Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim USA – 179.32
5. Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres FRA – 167.88
6. Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise ITA – 161.13
7. Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro CAN – 159.13
8. Miriam Ziegler/Severin Kiefer AUT – 138.92
Ice dance final results:
1. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron FRA 166.66
2. Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier CAN 157.58
3. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue USA 152.11
4. Sara Hurtado/Adria Diaz ESP 146.10
5. Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri ITA 142.29
6. Alexandra Paul/Mitchell Islam CAN 138.99
7. Rebeka Kim/Kirill Minov KOR 115.95
Ashley Wagner shows some guts and receives some glory
American, Ashley Wagner, has won gold at the Trophée Éric Bompard for the past two years in a row, but sadly her reign has come to an end. Wagner was in third after her short program, but had a tough free skate. She had a planned triple flip-triple toe combination, but fell on her opening triple flip and was unable to fulfill the combination. Later in the program she landed her triple flip, but was unable to add the triple toe on the end of it and instead it became a single toe. Ashley had to know that she needed the points that only a triple-triple combination could give her, so in the last half-minute of her program, after landing her triple lutz, she threw in a triple toe at the end. It was a very risky move, but without having made that split-second decision she probably would not have landed on the podium.
Though the gold eluded Wagner, she still fought hard enough to capture the bronze. Later it was revealed by the Ice Network that Wagner was not feeling well and so for her, being able to pull through despite illness and perform that well, was enough of a victory. The results of the NHK Trophy on November 28-30, will determine if Ashley will be moving onto the Grand Prix Final.
Russian ladies rivalry continues
Julia Lipnitskaia and Elena Radionova battled it out for the gold and though both skaters have their strengths it was Radionova who overcame and took home the gold. Elena’s consistency and confidence carriers her from one win to the next. She is still very young and growing in maturity, but she has a joy about her skating and an ease that is clearly not displayed by Julia.
The weight of expectations seems to be heavy on Lipnitskaia’s shoulders. Her performance was strong enough to win her the silver, but she lacks that spark that we all saw in her before the Olympic Games. Julia has qualified for the Grand Prix Final that is currently made up of all Russian ladies with two spots still to be determined at the NHK Trophy this upcoming weekend.
Maxim Kovtun takes down Tatsuki Machida
Despite his flawless performance at Skate America and having the highest mens overall score of any of the Grand Prix events this season, Japan’s Tatsuki Machida is still capable of mistakes. Machida opened his free skate with a quad that ended in a fall. He then proceeded to complete an effortless quad toe along with several triples. He made minor errors throughout his program that prevented him from capturing the gold. However, it was a strong enough performance for him to secure the silver and his spot in the Grand Prix Final.
Coming off of his win at the Cup of China, Russian Maxim Kovtun, came from sixth place in the short to steal the free skate and win his second Grand Prix gold medal this season. Kovtun had an incredible free skate, successfully completing two quads along with six triples. It was an amazing skate for Kovtun.
Denis Ten, who was in first after an outstanding showing in the short, struggled in his free skate falling on one of his quad’s and singling one of this planned triple axels. His strong short program and his performance in the free skate was enough for him to capture his first ever Grand Prix medal, settling for the bronze.
Chinese pair teams on the rise
As expected it was the Russians, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov who brought down the house and won their second gold in the Grand Prix this season. This team has been so consistent that it is not surprising that they have qualified for the Grand Prix Final.
What was revealing at this event was the strength of the two Chinese teams who took the silver and the bronze. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han had some impressive innovative moves that included a quad twist. Even though this team has been around for some time, it seems like they just now starting to find their rhythm as a team and could very well be the ones to watch as this next four-year Olympic cycle unfolds.
Xuehan Wang and Lei Wang also made quite an impression winning their second bronze medal from the Grand Prix this season. The Russians definitely monopolize pair skating as of now, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Chinese rose back up again and challenged that dominance.
The French gain a foothold
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France came in fifth in ice dance at the Trophee Eric Bompard last year, but have moved from fifth to first, capturing their first ever Grand Prix gold. Skating with classical elegance, Papadakis and Cizeron surpassed the rest of the teams and finally had their moment to shine.
Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier secured the silver with a very charming and delightful performance. Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took the bronze, which makes this their second bronze of the Grand Prix this season.