Osmond leads after short program at Internationaux de France

GRENOBLE, France – Kaetlyn Osmond admitted she wasn’t overly thrilled with her performance but regardless she is in first place in women’s competition after Friday’s short program at the Internationaux de France figure skating competition.

It is the fifth stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit.

Osmond, the 21-year-old from Marystown, N.L., earned 69.05 points with Maria Sotskoya of Russia second at 67.79 and Yuna Shiraiwa of Japan third at 66.05.

Vying for a second win this season on the circuit, she landed a triple flip-double toe and a triple Lutz, but the combination was shaky and she put her hand down on the Lutz. She recovered to complete a double Axel as well as level-four spins and footwork.

‘’Definitely there were a few things in my program I’m not too excited about,” said the world championship silver medallist. “I wish I would have done the combo and Lutz better, but overall I pushed through my whole program and I’m happy about where I am.’’

In pairs after the short, Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto are in fourth spot with 66.36.

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimior Morozov of Russia are first at 77.84, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France second at 73.18 and Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise of Italy third at 70.65.

‘’It’s definitely an improvement from the last time,’’ said Moscovitch. ‘’We skated together and pretty smooth. There are some little issues we gave up a lot of points on.’’

In ice dancing, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., are fifth after the short dance less than two points from third place.

Canada has no entries in men’s competition.

All four free skates are on Saturday.

Full results: ISU GP Internationaux de France de Patinage 2017

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