Keepin' it real
2006 Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire Preview
The ISU Grand Prix enters its second half this week, with Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris. This fourth of sixth events has become a staple of the Grand Prix, with its longstanding location in Paris and ornate decorations carried over from its days as the "Lalique" Trophy. French skating has endured a series of political and monetary problems over the past decade, yet still produces arguably the most interesting Grand Prix year after year.
A very hot Dance competition here in Paris.
Veeeery interesting Pairs competition:
Putnam and Wirtz (Can) a very promising future team;
The long awaited debut for many of Li and Xu;
Pla and Bonheur looked good last year;
Russia bringing back Pet/Tikh and hoping for a breakthru of O&S.
Will a completed throw 3A get podium results?
Rochette, Poykio, Kostner, Ando, Yu Na Kim, Meissner, Zukowski - Who could ask for anything more?
3 Canadians (including Buttle?). 3 Musketeers: Contesti, Joubert, Preaubert; Chiper to regain some lost momentum; and a trio of Russians - looking forward to a clean skate by Klimkin.
Was there a big sign?: NO AMERICANS ALLOWED.
Joubert to skate clean in his home country and win this. JMO.
Hoping Miki makes it two in a row.
No Buttle. Most recent roster for men:
Originally Posted by Joesitz
Here's to hoping for clean skates (well, from everyone, but especially my faves, which would be Othman, Preaubert and all three of the Russian men) and a good competition.
Othman on good looks and improvements after injuries; Klimkin on feeling the music. Brian for jumps, Alban for fun. Let's hope for the clean skates from everyone.
Originally Posted by Kasey
Oh, yes! and that Ladies line up. wow.
Yu-na Kim needs a good showing to guarantee a spot in the Grand Prix finals.
Last edited by Mathman; 11-14-2006 at 08:57 AM.
thanks, sounds good. Just wondering, who writes these articles? There's no author listed next to it.
I've heard that C.Kostner has widthdaw cause of injury. ..
Yes, she's not on the ISU roster list any more.
Originally Posted by kerklandas
I think the following statement is inaccurate:
"Russia's Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov announced their retirement after a bronze medal at Worlds, but this pair – known as much for their snail-like skating pace as for their four world medals – are back for another season."
I saw them in DC, where I agree that they were slow, but since the 2004 season they've increased their speed considerably. They are at least as fast as Zhang/Zhang.
I was going to make the same comment, that previously they have been described as slow but they really improved their speed in the last few seasons.
Originally Posted by hockeyfan228
I was looking forward to seeing Carolina again. I have not been able to join her bandwagon based on recent skatings.
Pet/Tich , imo, skated their best ever in Calgary and I and others thought they should have won.