The Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris, France continued Saturday with the Ladies Free Skating and the Free Dance. The Trophee Bompard is the fifth of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.
Elizaveta Tuktamischeva of Russia skated off with the gold medal in the Ladies event, her second Grand Prix gold medal. Italy’s Carolina Kostner edged out Alissa Czisny (USA) for the silver medal by just 0.17 points.All three skaters qualified for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
Tuktamischeva’s Latin medley included a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination, a double Axel-triple toeloop and three more triple jumps. The 14-year-old earned a seasons best score of 120.85 points and was ranked second in the Free Skating, but remained in first at 182.89 points. “It wasn’t a bad skate today, but obviously there were a few minor errors, so there is something I can improve on”, the World Junior silver medallist noted.
Performing to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, Kostner produced four triple jumps and two level-four spins to score 119.62 points. The only glitch came when she stumbled on a doubled flip. The reigning World bronze medallist accumulated 179.32 points overall. “I am very happy to have finished today and that I can get a couple of days rest. I think my program was not bad, but all the way through I was telling myself, ‘just keep going’. I know I can do better and I have a lot to improve on”, the three-time European Champion Kostner commented.
Czisny landed five clean triples in her routine to “Valse Triste” by Sibelius and her three spins garnered a level four. With a seasons best of 121.90 points, the 24-year-old won the Free Skating portion, but overall finished third at 179.15 points. “I was much more satisfied with my performance today or most of the effort today. That wasn’t my best, but we changed a lot of things since Skate America and I was pleased with how I did today”, Czisny told the press.