Sasha Cohen rushed into her seventh triple jump and tumbled to the ice in the women's free skate final, clearing the way for teenage jumping sensation Mao Asada of Japan to win the Trophee Bompard title yesterday in Paris.
Asada, 15, easily defeated Cohen, 182.42 to 175.12.
"I am a little disappointed not to win, but the main purpose of this competition was sort of a test to see what I could do," Cohen said.
Japan's Shizuka Arakawa was third with 173.36 points. Kimmie Meissner of Bel Air, Md., was fourth.
Asada, skating first in the final group, immediately landed a triple axel. She is one of the few women able to do the 31/2-revolution jump. She also did three combinations in the final minute of her program. Usually, skaters try them at the beginning.
"I don't have too much confidence in myself, but I have a lot of confidence in my jumps," Asada said. "My jumps were okay, but I regret the final spin because I was tired."
Under International Skating Union Rules, Asada cannot compete in the 2006 Olympics because she turned 15 after July 1.
"Obviously I am disappointed but I have to fulfill the ISU rules," Asada said.
Ice dancers Morgan Matthews of Fairfax and Maxim Zavozin of Ashburn were third in yesterday's free program, but it wasn't enough to put them onto the medal stand. The duo finished fourth overall. Elena Grushina and Ruslan Koncharov of Ukraine won the ice dance title.
In the men's event, Canada's Jeff Buttle held onto his lead despite early mistakes and finished ahead of France's Brian Joubert. Georghe Chiper of Romania finished third, followed by Tim Goebel of the United States.
Michael Weiss of McLean, who made mistakes on jumps throughout his program, including a fall on a quad attempt, was sixth.
* SPEEDSKATING: Sven Kramer of the Netherlands broke U.S. skater Chad Hedrick's week-old world record in the 5,000 meters in a World Cup meet at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.
Kramer finished in 6 minutes 8.78 seconds, almost a full second ahead of Hedrick's mark set in Calgary last week.
Carl Verheijen, also of the Netherlands, finished second in 6:08.98. Hedrick captured third, finishing in 6:10.52.
Shani Davis won the men's 1,000 with a time of 1:07.48, and fellow American Joey Cheek was third in 1:08.62. Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands finished second in 1:07.69.
Germany's Anna Friesinger won the women's 1,000 for a consecutive day, finishing in 1:13.99. Italy's Chiara Simionto placed second in 1:14.21, and U.S. skater Jennifer Rodriguez was third in 1:14.72.
* LUGE: Olympic champions Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch edged their German teammates to win a World Cup men's doubles event in Cesana-Pariol, Italy, site of the event in the 2006 Games.
Leitner and Resch set a second-run record of 46.691 seconds for a combined winning time of 1:33.677. They beat world champions Andre Florschutz and Torsten Wustlich by 0.3 of a second.
Sylke Otto led Germany's podium sweep in the women's singles, setting a track record of 47.371 on the first run. Teammates Tatjana Hufner and Silke Kraushaar followed Otto.
* SHORT-TRACK SPEEDSKATING: In The Hague, Ahn Hyon Soo of South Korea won his second World Cup event in as many days, taking the lead in the 500-meter race during the final lap. American J.P. Kepka was third.
World Cup leader Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States failed to make the final at the last qualifying tournament before the Turin Olympics.
* CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Norway's Tor Arne Hetland and Marit Bjorgen won classical style World Cup races in Beitostolen, Norway.
Hetland won the men's 15-kilometer race in 40 minutes 50.0 seconds, finishing 17.2 seconds ahead of compatriot Jens Arne Svartedal.
Bjorgen, the defending overall champion, won the women's 10-kilometer in 26:14.7.