Gracie Gold beat her personal-best short program by 2.06 points and leads Trophée Bompard going into the free skate Saturday in Bordeaux, France.
Gold tallied 73.32 points with a program that included a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, earning a comfortable lead of 7.69 over Russian Yulia Lipnitskaya. Gold will clinch a berth in the six-skater Grand Prix Final in December with a victory in Bordeaux.
World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, also of Russia, fell on a triple Axel attempt and scored 56.21 for fifth place, putting her hand on her forehead and shaking her head after the total came up.
Gold, the 2014 U.S. champion and fourth-place finisher at the 2014 Olympics and 2015 World Championships, finished second at Skate America three weeks ago.
Women’s free skate — Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET
Men’s free skate — Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET
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