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Nobunari Oda of Japan wins Trophee Bompard

Nobunari Oda of Japan wins Trophee Bompard

Nobunari Oda of Japan captured the Trophee Bompard on Saturday, winning the free skate to finish ahead of Tomas Verner of Czech Republic and American teenager Adam Rippon.
Oda was second after the short program but overtook Verner with a flawless performance to a Charlie Chaplin medley, combining perfect jumps with artistic intensity while wearing a black tuxedo.
Oda opened with a triple toeloop before landing a triple axel-triple toeloop combination to total 242.53 points after receiving 166.33 in the free skate. It was his third Grand Prix win following victories in last year's NHK Trophy and the 2006 Skate America.
"I did a good performance today. Everything was good. I'm really happy and I really appreciated the people's support," said Oda, who failed to attempt a quadruple but landed eight triples.
"I couldn't try for a quad, that's the only thing I didn't do good. I talked to (coach) Nikolai (Morozov) and he said I didn't need to do one here. I think I will need to do one, though. Otherwise, I think I did good."
Verner, a former European champion, led after the short program but jumped poorly in the free skate. He started strongly with a quadruple toeloop-double toeloop combination, but missed a triple lutz and later botched a combination.
"My first four elements were clean and then I made a mistake," said Verner, who skated to music from The Godfather. "I'm a bit angry but I think I can improve."
Verner received 148.96 points in the free skate to finish with 229.96.
After a bright opening, Rippon failed to land the triple axel in a triple axel-double toeloop combination. The 19-year-old Rippon totaled 219.96 points, with 147.70 in the free skate.
He praised his coach after having moved last year to Canada to train with Brian Orser, the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist.
"Working with Brian is a pleasure," Rippon said. "He is a great coach and a mentor. I'm excited to go home and continue working with him. I still have a lot of things to improve."
After a bright opening, Rippon couldn't land the triple axel in a triple axel-double toeloop combination.
Former world champion Brian Joubert of France, sixth after the short program, climbed to fourth despite missing two quadruple jumps.
"It's not good at all but it's not a surprise. It doesn't go well during training ... and it gets even worse in competition," said Joubert, who plans to slightly change his free program before next year's Vancouver Olympics.
This is the first time the Trophee Bompard has opened the six-event ISU Grand Prix, which usually starts with Skate America.
Skaters collect points toward a place in the Grand Prix final in December at Tokyo.


Updated : 2021-10-25 09:15 GMT+08:00