Ashley Wagner finished third after a flawed free skate at Trophee Bompard on Saturday, putting her hopes of making a third straight Grand Prix Final in jeopardy.
Wagner, who finished seventh at the Sochi Olympics and March’s World Championships, fell on a triple flip but managed to keep her standing from Friday’s short program in Bordeaux, France. She held one of her arms across her stomach as she walked to and sat in the kiss-and-cry area.
“I just don’t want to puke,” Wagner said as she waited for her score (177.74 points). “That’s way better [of a score] than I thought it was going to be.”
Russian Yelena Radionova won for the second time in five Grand Prix series events with 203.92 points. Radionova, who is 15 years old and was too young for the Sochi Olympics, became the first woman to crack 200 points this Grand Prix season.
Another Russian, Yulia Lipnitskaya, took second. Lipnitskaya was the star of the Sochi Olympic team event, helping Russia win gold.
Radionova, Lipnitskaya and countrywomen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Anna Pogorilaya have qualified for four of the six spots in the Grand Prix Final in three weeks in Barcelona.
The field for the Grand Prix Final, the top annual international competition outside the World Championships, is made up of the top skaters from the Grand Prix series’ six events. The series concludes with NHK Trophy in Japan next week.
Wagner could make her third straight Grand Prix Final but must wait to see what happens at NHK Trophy. Only one other U.S. woman has made three straight Grand Prix Finals, Michelle Kwan.
NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will air Trophee Bompard coverage Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET.
Trophee Bompard women’s results
1. Yelena Radionova (JPN) — 203.92
2. Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS) — 185.18
3. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 177.74
4. Courtney Hicks (USA) — 172.58
7. Samantha Cesario (USA) — 161.7
Leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 203.92 (Trophee Bompard)
2. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 196.6 (Cup of China)
3. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 195.47 (Skate America)
4. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) — 191.81 (Skate Canada)
5. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 189.62 (Skate America)
6. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 186 (Skate Canada)
7. Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS) — 185.18 (Trophee Bompard)
8. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 181.75 (Skate Canada)
9. Gracie Gold (USA) — 179.38 (Skate America)
10. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 178 (Rostelecom Cup)
Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova is out with a torn ankle ligament.
U.S. leaders in Grand Prix season
1. Ashley Wagner — 186 (Skate Canada)
2. Gracie Gold — 179.38 (Skate America)
3. Ashley Wagner — 177.74 (Trophee Bompard)
4. Samantha Cesario — 174.58 (Skate America)
5. Courtney Hicks — 174.51 (Skate Canada)
6. Courtney Hicks — 172.58 (Trophee Bompard)
7. Mirai Nagasu — 165.88 (Rostelecom Cup)
8. Samantha Cesario — 161.7 (Trophee Bompard)
9. Polina Edmunds — 161.27 (Cup of China)
Grand Prix Final qualifiers
1. Yelena Radionova (RUS)
2. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS)
3. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS)
4. Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS)
Fighting for final two Grand Prix Final spots
1. Ashley Wagner (USA)
2. Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
3. Gracie Gold (USA)
4. Kanako Murakami (JPN)
5. Polina Edmunds (USA)
If Miyahara, Gold, Murakami or Edmunds wins NHK Trophy, she will make the Grand Prix Final.
If one of those four wins NHK Trophy and one of Miyahara, Gold and Murakami finishes second, the second-place finisher and Wagner will go to a tiebreaker for the last Grand Prix Final spot. The tiebreaker is which skater has a higher combined point total from their two events this season (Wagner led that tiebreaker after the four skaters’ first events).
If none of those four wins NHK Trophy (such as Russian Alena Leonova winning), Wagner will make the Grand Prix Final. In that scenario, if Miyahara, Gold or Murakami finishes second, she will also make the Grand Prix Final.