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Figure Skating: Trophée Eric Bompard opened Friday in Paris, France

Figure Skating: Trophée Eric Bompard opened Friday in Paris, France
ISU Grand Prix Trophee Bompard, Day 1

Ashley Wagner (USA) wins Ladies Short Program

Ashley Wagner (USA) won the Ladies Short Program. Russians Anna Pogorilaya and Adelina Sotnikova follow almost tied in second and third place.

Wagner hit a triple loop, double Axel and level four spins and footwork in her program to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, but underrotated the back end of her triple flip-triple toe combination. The U.S. Champion scored 66.75 points. “Today was a very solid skate. I was happy with how I performed. I feel that I did improve on some of my spin levels. I’m sure that my triple-triple got downgraded, because I was there, too and I saw the ice. Overall I’m very happy with what I did, because I went for everything. I feel I’m working my way up”, the 2012 Four Continents Champion explained.

Pogorilaya produced a triple Lutz-triple toe, triple loop and strong spins, but she popped her double Axel into nothing. The Muscovite eanred 60.03 points. “I am very pleased with the beginning of my program. The triple Lutz-triple toe was great, the loop and the flying camel spin as I had problems with it in practice. The Axel – I thought so much about not popping it in training because I popped it in the past three competitions in the free skating”, the 15-year-old noted.

Sotnikova went for a triple Lutz-triple loop but landed forward on the loop (downgraded). The triple flip and the spins were strong, but she singled the Axel. The reigning European silver medalist picked up 60.01 points. “I am absolutely not happy with my performance. This was probably one of the worst in a couple of years. I don’t know what happened on the double Axel, it just went, maybe something happened in my head”, the 17-year-old commented.

Christina Gao (USA) came fourth at 58.81 points. Samantha Cesario (USA) finished fifth at 56.65 points and Mae-Berenice Meite (FRA) placed sixth (56.50 points).

For full and results of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2013/14 please refer towww.isu.org.

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