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The absences of Russians and on-break or retired Olympic stars make this figure skating season the most wide open in recent memory. The clearest example to date is this week’s Grand Prix de France, the third of six regular season stops to qualify for December’s Grand Prix Final.
Belgian Loena Hendrickx, the world silver medalist, headlines the competition Friday and Saturday, live on Peacock. Hendrickx is the lone Olympic or world medalist in the field, creating opportunities for career-defining results across the four disciplines.
Hendrickx was fifth at the 2021 World Championships, then fourth at the 2022 European Championships to establish herself as the top European woman outside of the Russians. When the Russians were banned before last year’s worlds due to the war in Ukraine, Hendrickx grabbed silver by improving her score 10.91 points from an eighth-place Olympic finish.
This week, Hendrickx can become the first woman outside of Russia, Japan, the U.S. and Canada to win a full-fledged Grand Prix since Finland’s Kiira Korpi in 2012 and the first Belgian to win a Grand Prix in any discipline. Hendrickx, who turns 23 on Saturday, can become the oldest woman to win a full-fledged Grand Prix since American Ashley Wagner at 2016 Skate America.
Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe won the first two Grand Prix events with 217.61 and 197.59 points, respectively. Hendrickx will look to challenge those totals while holding off South Korean Kim Ye-Lim, who won B-level events in September and October with a top score of 213.97.
Other notables in action in France include Japanese veteran men’s singles skater Kazuki Tomono, who was sixth at worlds. Tomono has three Grand Prix podiums but no victories.
The pairs’ story may be Canadians Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps, runners-up at Skate America two weeks ago. Stellato-Dudek, 39, earned her first senior Grand Prix medal, 22 years after her Grand Prix debut as a singles skater. Stellato-Dudek, who retired from singles skating at age 17 due to hip injuries, came back at 32 in pairs in 2016.
Italians Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri can win their first Grand Prix ice dance title after second- or third-place finishes in their last seven Grand Prix starts, including the 2018 Grand Prix Final.
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Katie Ledecky broke a short-course world record for the second time in a one-week span, this time taking down the 800m freestyle record at a FINA World Cup meet in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Ledecky, the three-time Olympic 800m free champion, clocked 7 minutes, 57.42 seconds. She beat the previous record of 7:59.34 set by Spain’s Mireia Belmonte García in 2013.
Ledecky already owns the 28 fastest 800m free times in Olympic-size pools, which are 50 meters long.
Ledecky and some other top Americans rarely race in 25-meter, short-course pools. This was Ledecky’s third meet in a short-course meters pool since the start of 2014, and her first time ever swimming the short-course 800m free, according to USA Swimming’s database.
Last Saturday, Ledecky took nearly 10 seconds off the short-course world record in the 1500m free, swimming that event in a 25-meter pool for the first time.
In that race, she hit the 800-meter split at 8:00.58, an American record (by 7.09 seconds) that she just broke again.
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Jade Carey won the world gymnastics championships title on vault in an American one-two, a measure of redemption from the Olympics.
Carey, 22, averaged 14.516 points between two vaults in Liverpool, England, on Saturday. Countrywoman Jordan Chiles earned silver, .166 of a point behind, for her first career individual medal at a global championships.
Coline Devillard took bronze to become the first Frenchwoman to win an Olympic or world gymnastics medal since 2009.
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Last year, Carey entered the Olympic vault final as the top qualifier after Simone Biles‘ withdrawal. But Carey misstepped on her run-up for her first vault in Tokyo and had to bail out with a simpler skill, taking her out of medal contention. She finished eighth in the eight-woman final, then won floor exercise the next day.
“I’m proud of myself for bouncing back,” Carey said Saturday.
Carey, the world vault silver medalist in 2017 and 2019, became the fifth different American to win the world title on the apparatus dating to 2009, joining Kayla Williams, Alicia Sacramone, McKayla Maroney and Biles.
Carey, who made a late move up to the elite level at age 17, is also the fifth American woman to own individual Olympic and world titles after Shannon Miller, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson and Biles.
Saturday’s final lacked 2021 Olympic and World champion Rebeca Andrade of Brazil, who didn’t make the top eight after slipping off the table on one of her vaults in qualifying.
Also Saturday, American Shilese Jones followed her all-around silver medal with another silver on uneven bars at her first worlds. China’s Wei Xiaoyuan repeated as world champion. Belgium’s Nina Derwael, the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion, earned bronze.
Rhys McClenaghan became the first Irish gymnast to win a world title, dethroning American Stephen Nedoroscik on pommel horse. The top qualifier McClenaghan, who won Ireland’s first world medal in 2019 (bronze), scored 15.300 points.
Nedoroscik, who last year became the first American to win a world title on pommel horse, tallied 14.400 for fifth place. He would have taken silver if he repeated his score from qualifying.
The event lacked two-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock of Great Britain, on a break from competition since Tokyo.
Giarnni Regini-Moran became the first British man to win a world floor exercise title, edging Olympic and world all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto of Japan, 14.533 to 14.500.
Last year’s world champion, Nicola Bartolini of Italy, placed fifth. Carlos Yulo of the Philippines, the top qualifier by a half-point, fell on his first tumbling pass and finished seventh. Olympic champion Artem Dolgopyat of Israel failed to qualify for the final.
Adem Asil became the second man from Turkey to win the still rings title in the last three worlds. Asil tallied 14.933 points to edge Zou Jingyuan of China (14.866). Last year’s Olympic and world champions from China — Liu Yang and Lan Xingyu — did not compete at worlds this year.
Worlds conclude Sunday with the second and last day of individual apparatus finals including Americans Carey and Chiles on floor, Skye Blakely on uneven bars and Brody Malone on high bar.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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