Reigning American national silver medalist Gracie Gold played her A-gamewhen the Trophee Eric Bompard 2015, the fourth event in the 2015-16 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, opened Nov. 13 in Bordeaux, France. The 20-year old New England native topped the field with a nearly perfect short program that pushed the reset button on her previous personal best mark.

Gold, who placed fourth at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, skated her El Choco program to virtual perfection and improved her personal best mark by more than two points. Her final mark of 73.32 bettered that of second place finisher Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, who posted a 65.63 in her second Grand Prix event of the season, by more than seven points.

Sitting in bronze medal position (58.81) entering the Nov. 14 free skate is Italy's Roberta Rodeghiero. Japan's Kanako Murakami, who finished fourth at October's Skate America event, sits in fourth place (58.3) and reigning World and Grand Prix Final Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva rounds out the top five (56.21).

Can Tuktamysheva stage a comeback?

Although ranked just fifth, Tuktamysheva is still likely to wind up on the medal podium at event's end, if herperformance at Skate Canada 2015 is any indicator of what's to come. There, a disastrous short program placed her only seventh, but she came back strong during the free skate to claim the silver medal behind American Ashley Wagner.

The full results from the Nov.

13 ladies' short program are as follows:

  • 1. Gracie Gold, USA, 73.32
  • 2. Julia Lipnitskaia, Russia, 65.63
  • 3. Roberta Rodeghiero, Italy, 58.81
  • 4. Kanako Murakami, Japan, 58.30
  • 5. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Russia, 56.21
  • 6. Gabrielle Daleman, Canada, 55.35
  • 7. Angelina Kuchvalska, Latvia, 53.68
  • 8. Angela Wang, USA, 53.60
  • 9. Haruka Imai, Japan, 47.87
  • 10. Brooklee Han, Australia, 47.65
  • 11. Mae Berenice Meite, France, 46.82
  • 12. Laurine Lecavelier, France, 46.53

The women's singles portion of the Trophee Eric Bompard 2015 will conclude Nov.

14 starting at 1:30 PM local time. Icenetwork subscribers can watch the action on the ice live.

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