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Trophée Eric Bompard: Canada's Gilles, Poirier win silver

Canadian ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier earned a silver medal at the Trophée Eric Bompard event Saturday in Bordeaux, France.

Canadian duo qualify for Grand Prix Final

Canada’s Piper Gilles, front, and partner Paul Poirier won an ice dance silver medal at Trophée Eric Bompard event Saturday in Bordeaux, France. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier captured a silver medal in ice dancing Saturday at the Eric Bompard Trophy.

"For us it is mission accomplished," said Poirier, who with Gilles, has won three international silver medals this season. "While the score was similar to what we did at Skate Canada we felt we improved a lot. There's still the issue of consistency we need to work on to help us move up another notch."

Gilles, from Toronto, and Poirier, from Unionville, Ont., are coming off a roller-coaster season that saw them narrowly miss the Sochi Olympic squad.

They scored 157.58 Saturday to finish behind Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, who won with 166.66. Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were third (152.11).

Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam of Toronto were sixth.

The sixth and last stop on the circuit before the Grand Prix Final, is the NHK Trophy next weekend in Osaka, Japan. The Grand Prix Final is December 11-14 in Barcelona.

Rodionova wins ladies' crown

Two-time junior world champion Elena Radionova of Russia landed all her jumps in the free skate to win the Trophee Bompard on Saturday and qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

Radionova skated to Sergei Rachmaninov's music to score 136.64 points in the free for a 203.92 total. The Skate America winner perfectly executed a long program that included seven triple jumps and three combinations.

Her compatriot Julia Lipnitskaia was second with 185.18 points to also secure a spot at the GP Final. The world championships silver medalist only trailed Radionova by 0.49 point after Friday's short program, but she hurt her chances of winning by falling on a triple flip attempt and underrotating her final combo.

Defending champion Ashley Wagner took third with a 177.74 total. The American skater will have to wait until next week's NHK Trophy in Osaka to see whether she qualifies for the GP Final.

Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Anna Pogorilaya have already booked their spots for the GP Final with top-two finishes at other events. Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova skipped the GP Series because of an ankle injury.

Veronik Maillet of Sept-Iles, Que., was 10th.

In pairs, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia tallied 209.81 points to win the gold medal to the "Notre Dame de Paris" musical. The Olympic silver medalists were 9.13 points clear of China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, the runners-up at Skate Canada. Both pairs qualified for the GP Final. 

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and new partner Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were seventh.

With files from The Associated Press

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