COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2010) – Nine U.S. Figure Skating athletes will compete Nov. 26-28 at Trophée Eric Bompard, the final event in the 2010 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The event, held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy, begins Friday with the men’s, pairs and ladies short programs, and the short dance. Official practice takes place Thursday.
The Grand Prix Series, now in its 16th 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 two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Beijing, Dec. 9-12. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.
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Alissa Czisny hopes to carry her momentum from Skate Canada, where she won gold, to Paris. This is the first appearance at Trophée Eric Bompard for the 2009 U.S. champion, who has earned five medals in the Grand Prix Series since her first appearance in 2004 (gold at 2005 Skate Canada, silver at 2005 Skate America, bronze at 2008 Skate Canada, silver at 2009 Skate Canada, gold at 2010 Skate Canada). Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champion, finished just off the podium, in fourth, at the Cup of China earlier this season. The 2010 U.S. silver medalist, Nagasu finished fourth at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day