Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) take lead in Pairs Short Program
Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy of Germany took the lead in the Pairs Short Program Friday at the Trophee Bompard. Russia's Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov and Maylin Hausch/Daniel Wende of Russia follow in second and third.
Performing to “Korobushko”, Savchenko/Szolkowy produced a high throw triple flip, a triple twist and difficult lift, but she stepped out of the side by side triple toe and he tripped briefly in the step sequence. The two-time World Champions earned a new seasons best of 66.65 points. “It was better than at Skate America, but there is still a lot of work left”, commented Szolkowy.
Bazarova/Larionov's routine to “Adagio” from “Secret Garden” featured a side by side triple toe, throw triple flip and triple twist. The Russian couple also posted a new seasons best of 64.18 points. “We did our job today, and most importantly our coach is pleased with us, and so we are also pleased. As our result shows, we skated better than at the NHK Trophy”,
Hausch/Wende skated to “Tango de Roxanne” and completed a siede by side triple toeloop, a double twist and throw triple flip to score 54.02 points, yet another seasons best. “We are very happy as we had no big mistake and skated much better than at our first Grand Prix in Japan. We are looking forward to tomorrow”, Wende offered.
Mylene Brodeur/John Mattatall (CAN) finished fourth with 45.47 points.
Kiira Korpi (FIN) captures Ladies Short Program
Finland's Kiira Korpi captured the Ladies Short Program and Mirai Nagasu (USA) edged out Haruka Imai of Japan for second place.
Korpi landed a triple toe-triple toe combination, a double Axel in her routine to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, but the triple loop was wobbly. The Finn scored 61.39 points to win her first Short Program at a Grand Prix event. “I'm really happy with my performance. It was the best of the season. I felt very good and concentrated. The triple loop was not perfect, but I was determined to make it”, the 2007 European bronze medalist noted.
Skating to “Un Sospiro” by Franz Liszt and “Witches of Eastwick”, Nagasu landed a triple Lutz-double toe, and triple flip, but got some negative grades of execution for the wrong edge on the Lutz. Her spins were all a level four and the former U.S. Champion earned 58.72 points. “I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get a higher score than I got in China”, the Californian said. “I'm also a little disappointed that I didn't do my spins as well as I could have. These a just little things I know I have to work on, but before that I got to go out there and do the best I can do in the long (program)”, she added.
Imai's program to “Don Quixote” featured a triple loop-triple toe, a triple flip, a double Axel and also difficult spins. The 17-year-old posted 58.38 points. “I am very satisfied with my program today. I did the triple loop-triple toeloop that I couldn't do at Skate Canada”, the Japanese commented.
Alissa Czisny (USA) is currently ranked fourth at 55.50 points and Fumie Suguri (JPN) placed fifth (50.76 points).
Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) dance to the lead
Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat of France danced to the lead in the Short Dance and seem poised for their second Grand Prix gold this season. Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko of Russia eclipsed Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein (USA) to place second.
Pechalat/Bourzat's Waltz routine set to “Doctor Zhivago” was highlighted by smooth footwork and a strong Golden Waltz section. The French achieved a level four for the Golden Waltz segments, the twizzles and the rotational lift while the side by side footwork was a level two. Pechalat/Bourzat set a new seasons best for themselves with 65.48 points. “We are very happy because we improved since China, not so much, ”, Pechalat said. “For the first time in my life I think I felt good in the midline steps. I used to think a lot about all my steps
We got a level four and four in the Golden Waltz, and this is the highlight today for us”, she continued.
Riazanova/Tkachenko's produced a powerful Waltz to “The Snowstorm” and earned a level three for the Golden Waltz sections, the midline step sequence as well as a level four for the twizzles and the lift. The Russian couple scored 60.81 points and improved their seasons best significantly. “We got higher levels than at Skate America and also higher components”, explained Tkachenko. “We didn't have much time after the Grand Prix in Portland, but we tried to improve and I think we managed to do that. It was a good run-through for us and hopefully we'll skate even better tomorrow”, he added.
Chock/Zuerlein had picked a Foxtrot and Waltz by French singer Edith Piaf and completed a strong Golden Waltz sequence (Level four) and had a level three for the side by side footwork and the twizzles. The 2009 World Junior Champions collected 58.09 points. “We're very happy with our skate today. We feel like we are improving a lot. Everytime we are doing or program it feels like we are getting better and comfortable”, Chock said. “We got a good performance, especially doing it here in Paris, skating to Edith Piaf we really enjoyed. We wanted to put on a good show for the crowd”, Zuerlein continued.
Pernelle Carron/Lloyd Jones (FRA) are currently ranked fourth (53.36 points) and Isabella Cannuscio/Ian Lorello (USA) came fifth (52.19 points).
For full results, please refer to www.isu.org. The Trophee Eric Bompard continues Saturday with the Men, Ladies,Pairs Free Skating and the Free Dance.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day