Mariah Bell competes at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 16, 2019 in Moscow, Russia.
Mariah Bell is officially having her best grand prix season ever.
After finishing third at the Internationaux de France at the beginning of the month for the second grand prix medal of her career, Bell replicated the achievement on Saturday at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, winning a second bronze medal.
Bell scored a combined 205.67 points, trailing only Russian teenage sensations Alexandra Trusova, the 15-year-old who won Skate Canada in her senior grand prix debut and landed three quads in the process, who scored 234.47, and Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, who earned 225.76.
Bell was third after scoring 67.11 in the short program skating to music by Britney Spears on Friday for accomplishments including a triple Lutz and two Level 4 spins. She was the second-to-last skater to take the ice on Saturday. Her season’s best in the free skate, which she performs to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and sung by K.D. Lang, was a personal best 142.64 in France. She didn’t quite match that on Saturday, scoring 138.56, but it was enough to put her in second place with just one skater remaining.
Bell’s only grand prix medal before this season was a silver at Skate America in 2016. She’s hoping to become the first American woman to qualify for the Grand Prix Final since Ashley Wagner in 2015, but to do so must finish in the top six at the end of the sixth and final stop next weekend, NHK Trophy.