2017 Internationaux de France Ladies Preview

With two events to go in the Grand Prix series, Evgenia Medvedeva (30 points) and Carolina Kostner (26 points) have both qualified for the Final.  Wakaba Higuchi has 24 points and will have to await the outcome of the next few weeks.  Four ladies still have a chance of qualifying for the Final based on their performance here and all four of these ladies have scored over 200 points this season.

Alina Zagitova won gold in her Grand Prix debut at Cup of China.  She needs a gold, silver, or bronze medal to qualify for the Final, while a 4th place finish would still give her a strong chance.  Her short program has a triple lutz + triple loop and a triple flip with all the jumps in the bonus.  She fell on the combo at Cup of China but she did earn Level 4 for all of her elements.  Her program components in China were slightly lower than she received at Lombardia Trophy, and were in the mid 7s to low 8s.  Her free skate is completely backloaded, with all seven of her jumping passes in the bonus, including a double axel + triple toe and a triple lutz + triple loop.  Her only error was on an under-rotated triple lutz and she earned 12 points from GOEs.  She earned all Level 4s and had stronger program components, in the mid to high 8s.  She has the 5th best short program, 2nd best free skate, and 2nd best total scores.

Kaetlyn Osmond won gold at Skate Canada with a personal best short program score.  She needs a gold, silver, or bronze medal to qualify for the Final, while a 4th place finish would still give her a strong chance.  Her short program includes a triple flip + triple toe and a triple lutz.  She earned all positive GOEs, worth 9 points, and had program components in the high 8s to low 9s.  Her free skate featured a triple flip + triple toe and a double axel + triple toe.  She did pop a flip into a double and fell on her double axel at the end of the program.  At the Autumn Classic International, she earned almost all +3 GOEs for her opening combo for 11.56 points overall, but the jump was messy at Skate Canada, and she only earned 8.20 points.  Her program components were in the high 8s to low 9s.  She has the 2nd best short program, 4th best free skate, and 4th best total scores.

Mai Mihara placed 4th at Cup of China.  She needs a gold medal to give herself a chance at the Final.  At the Autumn Classic International, her short program included a triple lutz + triple toe and a triple flip, but she received an edge call.  However, in China, she did not even place in the top 6 with her short program effort.  Her program components were in the mid 7s to low 8s.  She has been changing her free skate layout around, but she landed at triple lutz + triple toe combo and a double axel + triple toe combo in China.  Her program was clean with only a tiny negative GOE on her double axel and all Level 4 elements.  In all she earned 11 points from GOEs and her program components were in the high 7s to mid 8s.  She has the 7th best free skate and 8th best total scores.

Maria Sotskova won silver at Skate Canada.  She needs a gold or silver medal to guarantee herself a spot in the Final.  She hit her triple lutz + triple toe and triple flip, but under-rotated her double axel.  Her program components were in the high 7s to low 8s, better than she received at Finlandia Trophy.  Her triple lutz + triple toe combination was under-rotated as was her triple flip + single loop + triple salchow, however, she landed both jumps cleanly at Finlandia.  She also under-rotated the last double axel in the program at both of her events.  Her program components were lower here than earlier in the season, and she received low 7s to mid 8s.  She has the 8th best free skate and 9th best total scores.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Alina Zagitova

Silver: Kaetlyn Osmond

Bronze: Mai Mihara

 

Bios of the competitors:

Kaetlyn Osmond, CAN: She is the reigning World Silver Medalist and placed 4th at Four Continents.  She won gold at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 218.13.  She is 21 years old.

Laurine Lecavelier, FRA: She finished 18th at Worlds and 5th at Europeans.  She placed 8th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 188.10.  She is 21 years old.

Mae Berenice Meite, FRA: She finished 16th at Europeans.  She placed 11th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 174.53.  She is 23 years old.

Nicole Schott, GER: She placed 19th at Worlds and 10th at Europeans.  She finished 10th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 168.72.  She is 21 years old.

Mai Mihara, JPN: She finished 5th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Champion.  She placed 4th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 218.27.  She is 18 years old.

Yuna Shiraiwa, JPN: She finished 5th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 8th at NHK Trophy.  Her personal best is 186.80.  She is 15 years old.

Elizabet Tursynbaeva, KAZ: She finished 9th at Worlds and 8th at Four Continents.  She placed 8th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 191.99.  She is 17 years old.

Maria Sotskova, RUS: She placed 8th at Worlds and 4th at Europeans.  She won silver at Skate Canada.  She is the 2016 World Junior Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 205.30.  She is 17 years old.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, RUS: She placed 7th at Cup of China.  She is the 2015 World Champion, 2015 European Champion, 2013 European Bronze Medalist, and 2011 World Junior Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 210.40.  She is 20 years old.

Alina Zagitova, RUS: She is the reigning World Junior Champion.  She won gold at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 218.46.  She is 15 years old.

Polina Edmunds, USA: She is the 2015 World Junior Champion.  Her personal best is 187.50.  She is 19 years old.

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