Korpi edges Nagasu at Trophee Bompard

Czisny qualifies for Final with bronze

Kiira Korpi held on for gold at the Trophee Bompard despite placing second in the free skate.
Kiira Korpi held on for gold at the Trophee Bompard despite placing second in the free skate. (Getty Images)


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(11/27/2010) - Finland's Kiira Korpi used her trademark elegance and blonde beauty to full advantage in Paris, landing five triples in her free skate to Evita and winning her first Grand Prix title.

Missing her best element -- the layback spin -- cost Mirai Nagasu gold, but she still comes home with her first Grand Prix medal, a silver. Despite an uneven free, Alissa Czisny won bronze and a trip to the Grand Prix Final.

Korpi, a former European bronze medalist, opened with a triple toe-triple toe combination, the only triple-triple among the top ladies. Although she fell on a triple Lutz and popped an intended triple flip into a single, she landed two triple loops, one in combination with a double toe and double loop, as well as a triple Salchow. Her 108.35, a new season best, put her second in the free to Nagasu and she won with 169.74, edging the American by 1.95.

Although her two of her triples were judged under rotated, this time, it was not jumps but a spin that cost Nagasu. After a solid opening including three triples, the 17-year-old U.S. silver medalist fell out of a planned layback spin, dropping it to Level 1 and losing two to three points. She did not let the mistake unnerve her, going on to land three more triples and winning the free with 109.07, far higher than her score at Cup of China earlier this season. She ended with 167.79.

Czisny -- who like Nagasu is a former U.S. champion -- opened her lyrical free to George Winston's "Winter and Spring" with two combinations, a triple Lutz-double toe and triple flip-double toe, but then faded, falling out of a triple loop and under rotating and falling on a second triple flip. Still, her 104.30, fourth in the free, was good enough to give her the bronze medal with 159.80.

Numerous mistakes dropped Haruka Imai of Japan, third after the short, to ninth in the free and sixth overall. Cynthia Phaneuf climbed from sixth after the short to fourth overall with a third-place free.

World champion Mao Asada again failed to land her trademark jump, the triple Axel, popping two attempts into singles. Although she also popped a triple flip, her score, 97.92, was an improvement over NHK Trophy, and she climbed from seventh after the short to fifth overall.