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Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond chases podium in women's free skate

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond is very much in the medal hunt after posting a season-best score of 78.87 in the women's short program on Tuesday. Entering Thursday's free skate, she sits third behind Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva from the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Marystown, N.L., native sits 3rd after posting season-best short program score

Newfoundland's Kaetlyn Osmond sits third going into tonight's women's free skate. (Harry How/Getty Images)

By CBC Sports

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond is in the medal hunt after posting a season-best score of 78.87 in the women's short program.

Entering tonight's free skate (8 p.m. ET), she sits third behind Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva from the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

"I left nothing out on the table and I'm really glad I could do that," Osmond said on Tuesday.

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Medvedeva set a new world record in the women's short program with a score of 81.61, only to have her teammate Zagitova break it minutes later by 1.31 points.

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Heading into the Games, the battle for gold looked to be among the two Russians, but Osmond is doing her best to enter the conversation.

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Battle for podium

The Marystown, N.L., native holds a 2.93 points lead for the bronze medal, but has plenty of competitors right on her heels.

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Japan's Satoko Miyahara sits fourth and was the 2015 world silver medallist. Right behind Miyahara is her compatriot, Kaori Sakamoto, who is coming off a victory at the 4 Continents Championship last month.

Italy's Carolina Kostner is sixth, but has the experience of a bronze medal in Sochi and world championship gold to draw on.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is seventh after falling on the second half of her triple toe loop combination near the beginning of her skate on Tuesday. The 2017 world bronze medallist is a powerful jumper and beat Osmond at last month's Canadian championships.

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