Here we are in our fourth Grand Prix event- I can't believe it's already half over! Trophee Bompard this week promises some good competition with great fields- especially men's and pairs. I would love to share my fantasy picks, but to be quite honest- I haven't figured them out yet, so here's a look at who we'll see and who I think will make it on the podium:
This competition got blown wide open today, after news that reigning World champs Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have withdrawn from their home event, presumably due to the team dealing with lost training time after Gabriella's concussion. I'm sure those attending are quite disappointed, but I wish her the best in healing quickly! They have also withdrawn from their second event, so if we see them this season, it would not be until Europeans. So let's look at the rest of the field who now have a great opportunity at this event!
I know Gilles/Prioir were disappointed with their third place finish at Skate America, which left them questionable for a spot at the Final. But in the absence of the French team, they really have a golden opportunity here. They are the highest ranking team at the event and have the highest season's score (159.14) of the field. I think their quirky style will go over better in France and I look for them to take advantage of this opportunity.
Hubbell/Donahue have A LOT to gain from the WD of Papadakis/Cizeron, as they are scheduled to compete at BOTH events that the French were. Even if they don't make the Final, grabbing some hardware would be great for them. They have the third best season score of the field (153.62), but the highest personal best (166.74). I think they'll score higher than they did at US Classic here and get a medal.
The team with the second best season score coming into this event is Great Britian's Coomes/Buckland. They scored a 156.22 at Nepela. Their personal best is 158.65.
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