Russia’s Radionova, Kovtun win Trophee Bompard to reach GP final
Two-time junior world champion Elena Radionova and Russian champion Maxim Kovtun landed all their jumps in the free skate to win the Trophee Bompard on Saturday and qualify for the Grand Prix Final.
Radionova, the Skate America winner, performed to Sergei Rachmaninov’s music and perfectly executed a long program that included seven triple jumps and three combinations. The Russian scored 136.64 points in the free for a 203.92 total.
Her compatriot Julia Lipnitskaia was second with 185.18 points to also secure a spot at the GP Final, which will feature the top six skaters, pairs or dance couples in each category. The world championships silver medalist trailed Radionova by only 0.49 points after Friday’s short program, but Lipnitskaia hurt her chances of winning by falling on a triple flip and under-rotating her final combo.
Defending champion Ashley Wagner took third with a 177.74 total. The American skater will have to wait until next week’s NHK Trophy in Osaka to see whether she qualifies for the GP Final.
Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Anna Pogorilaya have already booked their spots for the GP Final with top-two finishes at other events. Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova skipped the GP Series because of an ankle injury.
In the men’s competition, Kovtun skated to the sounds of rock band Muse to rally from a sixth place in Friday’s short. The Cup of China winner scored 166.24 in the free for a 243.35 total with a program that included two quadruple jumps, six triple jumps and three combos.
Tatsuki Machida of Japan tallied 237.74 to take the silver medal despite falling on his opening quadruple toe loop. The world championships runner-up also qualified for the GP Final.
Olympic bronze medallist Denis Ten led after Friday’s short but slipped to third because of a fall on a triple axel and an under-rotated combo.
Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu skipped the French event to save himself for the NHK Trophy, while Javier Fernandez of Spain has already qualified for the GP Final by winning the Rostelecom Cup last weekend.
In pairs, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia tallied 209.81 points to win the gold medal to the "Notre Dame de Paris" musical. The Olympic silver medalists were 9.13 points clear of China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, the runners-up at Skate Canada. Both pairs qualified for the GP Final.
In ice dance, French duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron produced an elegant performance to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 to win with a 166.66 total. The Cup of China champions sealed their spots for the GP Final and will be joined by Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, who claimed the silver medal on the Meriadeck ice rink.