The short dance wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2010 Trophee Eric Bompard, the final stop on the ISU Grand Prix Series. As expected, Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat of France took first place on home ice with a score of 65.48. Russians Ekaterina Riazanova & Ilia Tkachenko grabbed second with 60.81, while Americans Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein stand third with 58.09.
The eight teams skated clean program after clean program, and not one of them incorporated a tango as their secondary rhythm to the Golden Waltz. The only mandatory deduction came on an extended lift from the Hungarians, Dora Turoczi & Balazs Major, who are in eighth with 41.27. The couple also received two -2 GOE — the only -2s throughout the event.
Three teams did not receive any GOE less than base zero: Pechalat & Bourzat, Riazanova & Tkachenko, and France’s Pernelle Carron & Lloyd Jones, who placed fourth with 53.36. Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello of the U.S., who are in fifth with 52.19, were one of three teams who earned level 4 on both sections of the Golden Waltz. (Chock & Zuerlein and Pechalat & Bourzat are the other two.) Coming close with level 3 on the second portion and level 4 on the latter-skated first portion are Canadians Kharis Ralph & Asher Hill, who stand sixth with 50.50.
Xintong Huang & Xun Zheng of China scored 49.55 to place seventh in Paris. At Cup of China, they earned .15 more and were fifth there.
The competition concludes with the free dance Saturday night.