We take a quick look back at what happened in the world of skating over the course of the past week.
Trophee de France Returns to Paris
One year on from the Paris attacks, figure skating was back in France’s capital city with a new name after being twice hosted in Bordeaux.
Fresh from his triumph at Rostelecom Cup one week ago, Javier Fernandez was seeking to win his first Grand Prix title in France. Despite a fall on a quadruple toe loop in the short program and another fall on a triple Axel in the free skating, the two-time World champion secured his place in the Grand Prix Final winning by over 16 points. Appearing in his first competition of the season and with new coach Nikolai Morosov by the boards, Denis Ten finished third in both the short and free to wind up with silver. Adam Rippon rose from fourth after the short to claim second in the free and the bronze overall.
Evgenia Medvedeva posted the second highest score ever attained in a short by a female figure skater when she set a new personal best of 78.52. The free did not go according to plan with a fall on a triple Lutz, but the World champion still managed to win by over 21 points and qualify for the Grand Prix Final with ease. In her first Grand Prix event, Maria Sotskova scored career highs to make it a Russian 1-2. Japanese rising star Wakaba Higuchi doubled a planned triple flip in the short and singled a triple Lutz in the free, but was still able to pull off a third place finish.
Like Fernandez, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot were competing at back-to-back Grand Prix events in Paris. Despite mistakes in both the short and free, the Germans clinched the win and qualified to the Grand Prix Final for the first time as a team. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov will have to see if they will join the World bronze medallists in Marseille as they picked up the silver medal. There was joy for Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres as they skated well to earn bronze and narrowly missed out on setting new personal bests.
The ice dance competition was dominated by Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron who were making their international season debut. The two-time World champions obliterated their competition winning by almost 20 points. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue booked their place in the Grand Prix Final with another second place, while Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier moved up to third overall after having faltered in short dance.