Canadians in medal hunt at ISU World Figure Skating Championships

MILAN, Italy – Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L. and Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., are fourth and sixth after Wednesday’s women’s short program and still in striking distance of the podium at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

Carolina Kostner of Italy is the leader with 80.27, Alina Zagitova of Russia is second at 79.51 and Satoko Miyahara of Japan third at 74.36.

Osmond, the Olympic bronze medallist in PyeongChang last month, posted a 72.73 while Daleman earned 71.61. Both Osmond and Daleman helped Canada to Olympic gold in the team event.

In her Edith Piaf program, Osmond opened with a triple-flip, triple-toe combo followed by a triple Lutz but had trouble on her double Axel.

‘’That program wasn’t the greatest I’ve ever done it,’’ said Osmond. ‘’I don’t usually make a mistake on the double Axel. But I was a little bit nervous today and I felt I had to fight through myself.’’

Daleman produced a clean program featuring a triple-toe, triple-toe combination, a triple Lutz and a double Axel.

‘’I couldn’t have asked for anything more,’’ said Daleman. ‘’I’m happy with how I pushed myself after the Olympics and put it all together.’’

Larkyn Austman of Coquitlam, B.C. was 25th.

‘’I was happy with it,’’ said Austman, who missed the cut for the free skate by one spot. ‘’The Olympics and here have been great experiences and set me up well for next season.’’

In pairs after the short program, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany are first, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia second and Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France third.

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are 10th.

‘’It was difficult today,’’ said Moore-Towers, who is battling an ankle injury. ‘’We haven’t done a full program since the Olympics. But we were successful in staying present in each moment and finished strong.’’

The other two Canadian pairs were out of the top-16 and do not advance to the free skate. Camille Ruest of Rimouski, Que., and Drew Wolfe of Calgary were 18th and Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., 22nd.

Competition continues Thursday with the men’s short program and the pairs free skate. The women’s free skate is Friday.

Full results: ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018

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