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Canada's Osmond second after short program at Skate Canada

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The Canadian Press
10/26/2012 4:09:20 PM
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WINDSOR, Ont. -- Rising Canadian star Kaetlyn Osmond opened with a clean program Friday to sit in second place after the short program at Skate Canada International.

The 16-year-old from Marystown, N.L., scored 60.56 points for her performance to Mambo No. 8. Her program included a triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination.

Osmond has made strides over the last year in her bid to put Canadian women's figure skating back in the spotlight.

Canada hasn't had a top world-class women's skater since 2010 Olympic bronze medallist Joannie Rochette, and Osmond would like to change that. She was the surprise winner of the short program at the Canadian championships last winter en route to winning bronze.

She captured her first international title at the recent Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany.

"It brought me into the senior groupings and brought my confidence up, and made training that much more enjoyable and much better," she said of her Canadian bronze.

Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia, who is coached by Canada's Brian Orser, scored 60.80 to sit in first place. Ksenia Makarova of Russia was third with 58.56 points while Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., was seventh with 53.81.

Osmond looked perfectly at ease on the ice at WFCU Centre, and said she doesn't feel any added pressure now that she's in the spotlight.

"I definitely love performing ... when I heard everyone cheering it just took all the nerves away," she said. "When I'm skating, trying to put on a show for everyone else just makes me that much more confident in what I'm doing and that much more enjoyable."

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were also in second spot after the pairs short program. Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Toronto, scored 64.49 for their skate to "La Boheme."

Four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany -- dressed in multi-coloured bodysuits and skating to "Kismet" by Bond -- scored 72.26. Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek were third with 59.79.

Skate Canada International is the second stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit that culminates in the Grand Prix Final, Dec, 6-9 in Sochi, Russia.

Kaetlyn Osmond (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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