Road To The Olympic Games

Finland's Korpi wins Trophee Bompard gold

Overnight leader Kiira Korpi of Finland won the women's event at Trophee Bompard in Paris on Saturday, overcoming a fall and one mistimed jump in her free skate to narrowly hold off Americans Mirai Nagasu and Alissa Czisny, who took silver and bronze.

Overnight leader Kiira Korpi of Finland won the women's event at Trophee Bompard in Paris on Saturday, overcoming a fall and one mistimed jump in her free skate to narrowly hold off Americans Mirai Nagasu and Alissa Czisny, who took silver and bronze.

"The program wasn't perfect today. The beginning was good, but then I had a very bad fall and I wasn't sure if I was a bit hurt," Korpi said. "I pulled myself together, and the rest of the program as OK. I was like a fighter on the ice."

Korpi finished second behind Nagasu in the free skate, but had built up a big enough lead from Friday's short to finish ahead of her. Korpi scored 169.74 overall while Nagasu had 167.79.

"I'm so mad, right now. ... How do you mess up on a spin?" Nagasu said, referring to an unexpected mistake on a layback that cost her victory. "There's a million little things I could go back and do again."

Korpi seemed stunned and jumped up out of her chair, thrusting her arms up when her rank flashed on the big screen.

"I didn't know how the other skaters had done before me. I wasn't sure that would be enough," Korpi said. "I was thinking [I had] to do a clean program to win, but it helped me that I skated so well [on Friday]."

Korpi was able to compose herself after the early fall, despite some heavy bruising, because the same had happened at this year's Winter Olympics.

"I had this kind of fall in the short program in Vancouver," she said. "I felt just like [I] did there, so I had knowledge how to continue."

Czisny scored 159.80, while world champion Mao Asada -- still adapting to a new coach -- fared better than she did Friday and climbed to fifth.

The Trophee Bompard is the sixth and last event in the ISU Grand Prix series. Next month is the Grand Prix Final in Beijing, which features the top six figure skaters in each discipline.

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