World champions sometimes need a pause
Grand Prix series this season showed how tense was the previous Olympic season. The skaters, who took top places in Vancouver have experienced a really strong physical and emotional burden.
Many of them paused in their performances at the events. And I think it is correct.
Continuing to work at the limit of strength you can burn out. In this regard, a very remarkable example of that are the Grand Prix performances of the World Champion Mao Asada. This Grand Prix season can hardly be called successful for her. Her skating very clearly shows that she has not yet come into its normal shape after the Olympics and the World Championships. And perhaps she should have to take a break and did not compete in this season’s Grand Prix. I don’t think that for her these events are very important.
This magnificent skater just need time to recover. World Champions are also people who sometimes need to pause, after which they will again show their best performances.
Trophée Eric Bompard – Final Standings (top five):
1 Kiira KORPI FIN 169.74
2 Mirai NAGASU USA 167.79
3 Alissa CZISNY USA 159.80
4 Cynthia PHANEUF CAN 155.11
5 Mao ASADA JPN 148.02
1 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER 197.88
2 Vera BAZAROVA / Yuri LARIONOV RUS 183.00
3 Maylin HAUSCH / Daniel WENDE GER 157.42
4 Mylene BRODEUR / John MATTATALL CAN 145.31
5 Felicia ZHANG / Taylor TOTH USA 127.48
1 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 248.07
2 Florent AMODIO FRA 229.38
3 Brandon MROZ USA 214.31
4 Kevin REYNOLDS CAN 200.13
5 Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 185.69
1 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 161.82
2 Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Ilia TKACHENKO RUS 146.79
3 Madison CHOCK / Greg ZUERLEIN USA 138.48
4 Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES FRA 126.94
5 Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG CHN 123.10