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Kaetlyn Osmond leads after women's short program in French Grand Prix event

Associated Press photo/Michel Euler — Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada performs her her short program during the ISU French Grand Prix figure skating event at Pole Sud rink in Grenoble, France on Friday.
Associated Press photo/Michel Euler — Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada performs her her short program during the ISU French Grand Prix figure skating event at Pole Sud rink in Grenoble, France on Friday. -

GRENOBLE, France — After winning at Skate Canada three weeks ago, Kaetlyn Osmond continued her fine form by taking the lead in the women's short at the Internationaux de France on Friday.

Skating to Sous le ciel de Paris, the 21-year-old Canadian fchampion from Marystown scored 69.05 points heading into Saturday's free skate.

Russian Maria Sotskova, who was second behind Osmond three weeks ago in Regina, Saskatchewan, followed with 67.79. Japan's Yuna Shiraiwa scored 66.05 to place third.

Vying for a second win this season on the circuit, Osmond 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.''

This is the fifth of six Grand Prix series culminating in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Nagoya, Japan, next month — the last competition featuring the world's top skaters before the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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— With files from The Canadian Press

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