Trophee Eric Bompard Dance Preview

Papadakis and Cizeron were the surprise gold medal winners at Cup of China.  It was their first career Grand Prix medal and they set personal bests in all segments of competition.  Their total score is in the top 5 for the season, showing that their medal was not a fluke and they have made significant improvements in the off season.  They need a gold, silver or bronze medal to qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

Gilles and Poirier won the silver medal at Skate Canada, also their first career Grand Prix medal.  Their real strength so far this season is their free dance.  They do not have a short dance score in the top 10, however, their free dance puts them in 8th place overall so far this season.  They need a gold medal to qualify for the Final.

Hubbell and Donohue won the bronze medal behind Gilles and Poirier at Skate Canada.  They have typically placed ahead of the Canadian team, but she sat out most of the off-season due to a hip injury.  Their total score is the 10th best so far this season.  They need a gold medal to qualify for the Final.

With the withdrawal of Cappellini and Lanotte, these three teams should have no problem making the podium at this event.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Papadakis/Cizeron

Silver: Hubbell/Donohue

Bronze: Gilles/Poirier

 

Bios of the competitors:

Gilles/Poirier, CAN: They finished 8th at Worlds and are the reigning Four Continents Silver Medalists.  They won silver at Skate Canada.  Their personal best is 157.83.  She is 22 and he is 23.

Paul/Islam, CAN: They finished 18th at the Olympics and 10th at Worlds.  They placed 5th at Cup of China.  They are the 2010 World Junior Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 148.76.  She is 23 and he is 24.

Papadakis/Cizeron, FRA: They placed 13th at Worlds and 15th at Europeans.  They won gold at Cup of China.  They are the 2013 World Junior Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 160.12.  She is 19 and he is 20.

Guignard/Fabbri, ITA: They placed 14th at the Olympics, 14th at Worlds and 8th at Europeans.  They finished 6th at Skate America.   Their personal best is 144.78.  She is 25 and he is 26.

Kim/Minov, KOR: They placed 6th at Junior Worlds.  They finished 8th at Rostelecom Cup.  Their personal best is 133.35.  She is 16 and he is 21.

Hurtado/Diaz, ESP: They placed 13th at the Olympics, 16th at Worlds and 10th at Europeans.  They placed 8th at Skate Canada.  Their personal best is 146.97.  She is 22 and he is 24.

Hubbell/Donohue, USA: They are the reigning Four Continents Champions.  They won bronze at Skate Canada.  Their personal best is 158.25.  She is 23 and he is 23.