Abbott leads men at Trophee Eric Bombard
Jeremy Abbott of the United States took the lead in men’s competitions at the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard. Japan’s Takahito Mura is currently second and Brian Joubert of France holds the third place.
Jeremy Abbott hit a triple flip-triple toe combination, a triple Lutz, triple Axel and a level-four flying sit spin in his program to „Spy“. The U.S. Champion achieved a new seasons best score with 81.18 points.
“After Skate America, I am very happy to be in this position. It’s been a bit of a struggle since then with my back, but we’ve been taking care of it and trying to make sure that everything is ready for this competition. We had to scale it back a little bit and not try the quad, but just put out a clean, solid skate.“ he said at press conference.
Takahiko Mura‘s program to „Malaguena“ was highlighted by a triple Axel and triple Lutz, but he put down his hand on the quad toe-triple toe combination and underrotated the second jump. The Japanese earned 76.65 points.
“I am surprised to sit in second place after the short program. I think I did what I could, I landed the quad and the triple Axel. So I think I learned a lesson from Skate Canada.“ he commented.
Skating to „Genesis“ by Justice and „Aerodynamic“ by Daft Punk, Brian Joubert landed a quad-double toe combination, a triple Lutz but the triple Axel was wobbly. The three-time European Champion collected 75.46 points.
“I am very proud of my short program, because I am not ready for this competition. The last two weeks have been difficult for me because I was sick, but I fought on the ice and I gave a 100 percent. I did not a perfect program, but it gives my confidence for the future.“ Joubert noted.
In ladies event, Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia (63.55 points) edged out U.S. reigning champion Ashley Wagner (63.09) for a narrow lead in the ladies competition. Another Russian skater, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, finished third with 58.26 points.
In pairs, Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov (66.78) won the pairs short program followed by Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (62.28) of Canada and Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (59.92) of China.
In ice dance, France’s Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (68.48) danced to the lead in the short dance, followed by Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte of Italy (66.18) and Russians Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko (58.23).
Photo: Michel Euler