by Alexandra Stevenson
Trophy Bompard opened with all four Short Programs. U.S. champion Ashley Wagner took the lead in the Ladies event, which was the last to be skated, earning 66.75. Second and third was a near tie between two Russians, with Anna Pogorilya in second place with 60.03 and her teammate, Adelina Sotnikova scoring 60.01. Americans
Christine Goa and Samantha Cesario lie 4th & 5th going into Saturday’s Free.
As is always the case with this event, the kiss & cry area was a unique design in an arena which is famous for its shape. It is a pyramid with the outside covered with grass. (They even have a special type of lawn mower to cut the growing grass on the steep slope.)
However, the management has explained this event will almost certainly NOT be in Bercy next season because the Arena will be completely refurbished. This event started as Trophee Lalique in 1987 and became Trophee Bompard in 2004. It was elevated to a Grand Prix when the Series began in 1995. (Initially, one of the six countries hosting was Germany, but that was replaced by China. The situation is currently unclear, because the Chinese television contract has finished this season.
There is no draw. The order of skating for the short program is strictly on points accumulated in ISU events. For the Free Skate the order of performance is in reverse order to the finish in the Short Programs.