Kim Yu-na leads women at Paris Grand Prix
World champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea has a lead of nearly 17 points after Friday's women's short program at the Trophée Bompard in Paris.
A medley of James Bond themes provided the background to the South Korean skater's perfect landings on her jumps, including a difficult triple lutz-triple toeloop combination that opened her program.
Kim received 76.08 points to secure first place. She pumped her fists and waved to the crowd immediately after her stunning performance.
"I didn't [celebrate] because of my score, but because this was the first time I was skating my program and ultimately everything went fine," Kim said. "I was able to deliver a good performance to the audience, and that's great."
Yukari Nakano of Japan finished second with 59.64 while Kim's main rival in Paris, 2008 world champion Mao Asada of Japan, missed her first jump and took third place with 58.96 points.
This is the first time the Trophée Eric Bompard has opened the six-event ISU Grand Prix, which traditionally starts with Skate America. Skaters collect points toward a place in the Grand Prix final in December in Tokyo.
With files from The Associated Press