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Patrick Chan, Max Aaron struggle at Trophée Bompard

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Three-time World champion Patrick Chan and 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron have serious ground to make up after the Trophée Bompard short program.

Japan’s Shoma Uno landed a quadruple toe loop en route to a personal-best 89.56 points for first place, a 2.74-point lead over Russian Maksim Kovtun. Uno, the 17-year-old World junior champion, finished second to Aaron in his Grand Prix debut at Skate America three weeks ago.

“I think my performance was less than 70 percent today,” Uno said, according to the International Skating Union. “The quality of my quad toe and triple Axel could have been better and also my steps and moves were not as good as I can do them in practice”

Chan and Aaron, who won the first two Grand Prix series events this season, are in fifth and seventh places, respectively, going into the free skate Saturday.

The Skate Canada champion Chan performed a double-double jump combination and put his hands down on a triple Axel. He totaled 76.10, which is 4.71 points fewer than at Skate Canada two weeks ago.

Aaron botched his opening jump combination and fell on his triple Axel. He scored 72.91, which is 13.76 points fewer than at Skate America three weeks ago.

Icenetwork.com will stream for subscribers live coverage of men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance free skates Saturday. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage Sunday from 12-2 p.m. ET.

Women’s free skate — Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET
Men’s free skate — Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET

MORE FIGURE SKATING: Full season broadcast schedule

U.S. figure skaters can clinch Grand Prix Final spots at Trophée Bompard

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Past U.S. champions Gracie Gold and Max Aaron can this weekend clinch berths in the season’s most exclusive figure skating competition, the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona in December.

Gold, the 2014 U.S. champion and fourth-place finisher at the 2014 Olympics and 2015 World Championships, will clinch her second berth in the six-skater Grand Prix Final if she wins Trophée Bompard in Bordeaux, France.

The short programs are Friday, and the free skates are Saturday.

Gold is in a strong position to make the Grand Prix Final if she finishes anywhere on the podium in Bordeaux, thanks to her runner-up at Skate America three weeks ago. She also qualified for last season’s Grand Prix Final but withdrew before the event with a foot injury.

Skaters qualify for the Grand Prix Final based on their results during the six-event Grand Prix series that began with Skate America and concludes in two weeks.

Gold’s competition in Bordeaux will include the top skater from last season, Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. The World champion Tuktamysheva is not the dominant force of 2014-15, however, as she struggled in her Skate Canada short program two weeks ago and finished second to Ashley Wagner overall.

Other podium threats include Russian Yulia Lipnitskaya, the darling of the Sochi Olympic team event, and Japanese veteran Kanako Murakami.

On the men’s side, 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron will make the Grand Prix Final if he finishes first or second in Bordeaux. Aaron would become the first American man to make the Grand Prix Final since Jeremy Abbott in 2011.

Like Gold, Aaron will be in a strong position to make the Grand Prix Final if he’s as low as third in Bordeaux, perhaps even fourth. That’s because he won Skate America three weeks ago.

Aaron may need that cushion. The men’s field in Bordeaux includes three-time World champion Patrick Chan, who won Skate Canada with the highest score this Grand Prix season. Plus, Japanese teen Shoma Uno, who rebounded from a poor Skate America short program to finish second to Aaron, 1.52 points behind.

There’s also Russian Maksim Kovtun and Japan’s Daisuke Murakami, who both won Grand Prix events last season.

The pairs competition will be the most anticipated of the Grand Prix season with the return of Sochi Olympic champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov. The married pair will compete at the top international level for the first time since the Winter Games.

Icenetwork.com will stream for subscribers live coverage of men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance short programs and free skates. NBC will have coverage Sunday from 12-2 p.m. ET.

Women’s short program — Friday, 9:30 a.m. ET (Gold at 10:50)
Men’s short program — Friday, 12:50 p.m. ET (Chan at 1:23)
Women’s free skate — Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET
Men’s free skate — Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET

MORE FIGURE SKATING: Full season broadcast schedule

Top Grand Prix season scores

1. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 206.01 (Skate America)
2. Gracie Gold (USA) — 202.80 (Skate America)
3. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 202.52 (Skate Canada)
4. Mao Asada (JPN) — 197.48 (Cup of China)
5. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 195.76 (Cup of China)
6. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 188.99 (Skate Canada)
7. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 188.07 (Skate America)

1. Patrick Chan (CAN) — 271.14 (Skate Canada)
2. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 270.55 (Cup of China)
3. Jin Boyang (CHN) — 261.23 (Cup of China)
4. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 259.54 (Skate Canada)
5. Max Aaron (USA) — 258.95 (Skate America)
6. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 257.43 (Skate America)
7. Daisuke Murakami (JPN) — 252.25 (Skate Canada)

Max Aaron ends U.S. drought at Skate America

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Max Aaron became the first U.S. winner at Skate America in six years Saturday night.

The 23-year-old Aaron landed two quad and six triple jumps and finished with 258.95 points. Japan’s Shoma Uno was second at 257.43.

Performing his “Black Swan” program, Aaron moved from element to element without any problems until he hit a snag with the landing of his final jump, a double Axel.

“Basically I wanted to stay in my mindset the whole time, stay focused on every element and listen to the music,” Aaron said. “That was my goal and what I came here to do. Obviously at the end I had a little slip up. I started to think about the overall picture and that was a mistake, but I’m glad I got that far. I want to improve the next time I compete and get better and better.”

The victory was the first for a U.S. man at Skate America since 2009, when 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek took gold in Lake Placid, New York.

U.S. champion Jason Brown failed to land his opening quad, but earned the bronze medal with 238.47.

The 17-year-old Uno is the World junior champion.

“Some of my jumps were a little shaky, but I was happy I held on,” Uno said.

Aaron set himself up to make his first Olympic team by winning the 2013 U.S. title but fell to third at the 2014 U.S. Championships, missing the two-man Sochi team, and fourth at last season’s U.S. Championships, missing the three-man World Championships team.

Aaron scored the first Grand Prix title for an American man since Jeremy Abbott in 2011.

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