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Kaetlyn Osmond leads after short program at Grand Prix in France

Kaetlyn Osmond is looking to follow up her Grand Prix of Figure Skating gold medal at Skate Canada earlier this season and leads after the ladies' short program on Friday at the Internationaux de France.

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Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., leads after the short program at Internationaux de France in Grenoble, France. (Mauri Ratilainen/EPA)

Kaetlyn Osmond is looking to follow up her gold medal at Skate Canada International earlier this season and leads after Friday's ladies' short program at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating's Internationaux de France in Grenoble.

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

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."

The Marystown, N.L. native scored 69.05 points to lead following the women's short program at the ISU Grand Prix Internationaux de France. 6:53

Maria Sotskova of Russia turned in a season-best 67.79 to sit in second place, while Japan's Yuna Shiraiwa is third heading into Saturday's free skate at 66.05.

Fernandez opens up big lead in men's program

Spain's Javier Fernandez scored 107.86 to take a huge lead after the men's short program, just shy of his personal best of 109.05. 

Shoma Uno of Japan sits second with 93.92 points, while Alexander Samarin of Russia is third at 91.51. 

Weaver, Poje fifth after ice dance short

Still aiming for a spot in the Grand Prix Final, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are fifth after the ice dance short program with a score of 68.94, well off their personal-best 77.47 set when they earned silver at Skate Canada International last month.

Poje stumbled during their side-by-side twizzles as the Canadians landed in fifth place following the short dance at the ISU Grand Prix Internationaux de France. 6:21

Dance favourites Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are leading on home soil with 81.40 points, followed by Madison Chock and Evan Bates well back in second with 73.55 points, and Russia's Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin in third at 70.02.

The French duo scored 81.40 points to take a commanding lead following the short dance at the ISU Grand Prix Internationaux de France. 6:52

Canadian pair 4th after short program

Liubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch scored 66.36 and are in fourth place heading into the pairs free skate.

Russia's Tarasova and Morozov are in first place following the pairs short program at the ISU Grand Prix Internationaux de France. 7:29

Russia's Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov are in front at 77.84, with Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France (73.18) and Italy's Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise (70.65) sitting second and third, respectively. 

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CBC Sports' coverage continues on Saturday at 7:15 a.m. ET with the free programs and podium ceremonies.

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. The last Grand Prix event is Skate America at Lake Placid next week.

with files from Canadian Press

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