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Trophée Bompard figure skating event canceled in France

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The Trophée Bompard Grand Prix figure skating competition in Bordeaux, France, was canceled “due to the state of emergency and national mourning days in France,” organizers announced shortly before the second half of competition was to begin Saturday.

“The International Skating Union (ISU) and the French Figure Skating Federation express their deepest sympathy to the victims of the despicable terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13,” the ISU said in a statement.

Bordeaux is about 350 miles southwest of Paris.

“This kind of an event puts life in perspective,” said Bompard competitor and three-time World champion Patrick Chan, according to Icenetwork.com.

The event’s short programs took place Friday before the Paris attacks. The event was the fourth in a six-event Grand Prix series that serve as qualifiers for December’s Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating event behind the World Championships.

Gracie Gold and Japan’s Shoma Uno led after the women’s and men’s short programs Friday.

“I’ll propose that the results of the short program provide the basis for the selection to the [Grand Prix] Final, so that the skaters present here are not penalized by having participated in only one Grand Prix,” ISU figure skating manager Peter Krick said, according to Icenetwork.com. “This, however, is only a proposal, as the ISU Council will have to make a formal decision. But I am confident the council will follow it, so that no one will suffer to have only one Grand Prix event.”

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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

Gracie Gold leads Trophée Bompard with personal-best short program

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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.

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