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FIGURE SKATING: Ashley Wagner (USA) claims gold at 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard

FIGURE SKATING: Ashley Wagner (USA) claims gold at 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard

~November 17, 2012~

Ashley Wagner (USA) claimed gold. Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Julia Lipnitskaia followed in second and third.  Performing to “Samson and Delilah”, Wagner landed six triple jumps and picked up a level three fro two spins and the step sequence. The U.S. Champion scored 127.54 points which added up to 190.63 points overall.

Ashley Wagner

“Today was a big accomplishment for me, because I went out there and I’ve been feeling sick today. “To be able to accomplish that program being not at a 100 percent was a great for me mentally to show myself I don’t have to be always at the top of my game to perform like that“, the 21-year-old shared. She added that she feels a head cold.

Tuktamysheva pulled off a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, a double Axel-triple toe and three more triples to score a seasons best of 121.36 points. The 15-year-old totaled 179.62 points to move up one spot.

At the end of my program I was overwhelmed with emotions. I was so happy to have landed all my elements, there was only the double Axel left and I landed it as well. This was a big victory over myself. I really wanted it, but I didn’t expect it“, the Youth Olympic Champion told the press.

Overnight leader Lipnitskaia opened with a triple Lutz-triple toe and went on to complete a double Axel-triple toe-double toe, but some other jumps were shaky and she doubled the Salchow. The 14-year-old picked up a level four for all three spins and earned 115.76 points. At 179.31 overall, she slipped to third. “It wasn’t my best performance today. Hopefully I’ll be able to skate clean free program next time, right now it is not happening for me“, Lipnitskaia said.

Wagner qualified for the Grand Prix Final with the maximum of 30 points and Lipnitskaia has a good chance as well while Tuktamysheva needs to wait and see what happens next week.

Christina Gao (USA) finished fourth with 164.71 points ahead of Mae-Berenice Meite (FRA) with 157.58 points and Polina Korobeynikova (RUS) at 144.82 points.

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Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao to Compete at 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard

Ashley Wagner (right) and Christina Gao topped the podium at Skate America. (Getty Images via Icenetwork.com))

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2012) – Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao headline five U.S. athletes will compete at 2012 Trophée Bompard, the fifth of six events on the 2012 ISU Grand Prix Series, Nov. 16-18, in Paris.

NBC will broadcast Trophée Bompard coverage of the ladies and men’s free skates from 2-4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 18. Universal Sports will provide additional coverage of the singles, pairs and dance events throughout the weekend. Terry Gannon, Michael Weiss and Tara Lipinski make up NBC’s announce team.

Icenetwork.com will provide news, photos and more from both events. On-demand video of Trophée Bompard will be available to Season Pass subscribers approximately seven days following the conclusion of the event.

Ladies

Ashley Wagner leads Team USA into Paris. The 2012 U.S. and Four Continents champion earned her first career Grand Prix gold medal at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America earlier this fall. She will be joined once again byChristina Gao, who won her first career Grand Prix medal, the silver at Skate America.

Men

Jeremy Abbott also began his season at Skate America where he placed fifth. The reigning U.S. champion will compete for the first time at Trophée Bompard. Johnny Weir was scheduled to compete but withdrew Tuesday due to a hip injury suffered at 2012 Rostelecom Cup last weekend.

Ice dancing

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, the 2012 U.S. bronze medalists, opened their season with a fifth-place showing at Skate Canada in late October.

The Grand Prix Series, now in its 18th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in up to two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 6-9, in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.

(Story courtesy of icenetwork.com)

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Video montage featuring backstage footage, Short Program and Free Skate highlights and more of Ashley Wagner, Ladies Champion at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif.

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2012, Kent, Washington, USA, ISU Women’s Figure Skating Grand Prix, Christina Gao (USA) scores her first international podium, after contemplating retirment with 174.25 points.

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