Team USA Earns Gold, Silver at Trophee Eric Bompard

17 Nov

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Five Team USA athletes took the ice in Paris this weekend, earning two medals and two fourth place finishes at 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard.

After finishing second in the short program, Ashley Wagner performed a flawless free skate, earning a season-best score of 127.54 points and her second Grand Prix title of the season. Her “Samson and Delilah” program featured six triple jumps and positive grades of execution on 11 of her 12 elements. Wagner finished the week with 190.63 points and became the first U.S. lady to win multiple Grand Prix titles in a single season since Sasha Cohen in 2003. Second place went to Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia with 179.62 points, with her teammate Julia Lipnitskaia rounding out the podium with 179.31 points.

Christina Gao finished fourth after earning a season-best 112.16 points for her free skate. Performed to “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla, Gao’s program featured six triple jumps, including a triple toe-double toe-double loop series, which netted 8.52 points. Gao finished the week with 164.71 points.

Reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott earned his first Trophee Bompard medal, the silver, with a total of 227.63 points. His free skate, set to “Bring Him Home” by Steven Jamail, earned a season-best 146.45 points. Abbott completed six triple jumps, including a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, and his program components score of 82.70 points bested the field by more than five points. The gold medal went to Takahito Mura of Japan with 230.68 points, while Florent Amodio of France came back from a seventh place finish in the short program to win the free skate and finish third with 214.25 points.

Placing fourth in the ice dancing competition, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue finished second in the free dance segment with a personal-best score of 88.69 points. Their impressive performance to a medley of flamenco songs by the Gypsy Kings featured positive grades of execution on each of their elements, including a circular step sequence, which earned 7.21 points. Hubbell and Donohue earned a total of 145.23 points and their highest Grand Prix Series placement. The top spot was held by Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France with 168.90 points, with Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy following with 153.26 points and Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko of Russia finishing third with 146.03 points.

Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia held onto their lead after the short program to take the title in the pairs event with a total of 187.99 points. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada followed less than two points behind with 186.71 points, and Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy completed the podium with 169.49 points. Team USA was not represented in the pairs event this week.

Complete coverage of Trophee Eric Bompard is available on icenetwork.com.

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