Capturing the gold at Trophée Bompard—her first such medal at a Grand Prix Series event—was Finland’s Kiira Korpi, who moved up four spots to No. 9. American Mirai Nagasu of the United States also accomplished a first in France, winning her first Grand Prix medal of any color—a silver—in six tries. That result bumped her up two places to No. 13. Bronze medalist Alissa Czisny of the United States dropped one position to No. 12. She will have a chance to improve her ranking at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 9-12 in Beijing.
Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy closed to within about 1,000 points of No. 1-ranked Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China with their second gold in this year’s Grand Prix Series. The silver medalists at Trophée Bompard, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia, improved one position to No. 6, while Germany’s Maylin Hausch and Daniel Wende were the big movers of the week, rocketing five spots to No. 11 after their bronze last week.
France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat solidified their status as World medal contenders with their fifth gold medal in as many events this season (Nebelhorn Trophy, French Masters, Finlandia Trophy, Cup of China, Trophée Bompard). They are firmly entrenched in the No. 3 spot. Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko earned the silver in Paris, the first Grand Prix medal of their career, and leapt into the rankings at No. 19, while Americans Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein garnered their second bronze of this year’s series, bumping them up one place to No. 15.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day