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Gold leads after women's short, Osmond fifth at Skate Canada

The Canadian Press

10/25/2013 9:52:30 PM

American Gracie Gold leads after the women's short program at Skate Canada International on Friday night, scoring 69.45 points. Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old from Russia, is second with 66.89, while Japan's Akiko Suzuki scored 65.76 to leave her third.

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond, who was sidelined for all of September with a foot injury, had an uncharacteristic fall coming out of a double Axel to leave her fifth.

Osmond had landed three triple jumps and looked poised for a clean program when she stumbled and fell on her side after landing her double Axel.

"I'm not sure what it was, it was probably just my excitement taking over, and thinking 'Oh my god I just did all three of my jumps and now I can just have fun the rest of my program.' As I was extending forward, my feet were just gone from underneath me, and I was like 'Oh no!"'

The 17-year-old from Marystown, N.L., had only been back on the ice for three weeks after she was diagnosed with a stress reaction -- a precursor to a stress fracture -- in late August.

She'd only finally successfully landed her triple jumps last week.

Osmond, who won Skate Canada last year, skated to music from "Sweet Charity," a 1966 Broadway musical about a dancer-for-hire. The teenager looked like one, wearing a black dress with white elbow-length gloves, and her hair pulled back in a tight ponytail.

Osmond and her coach Ravi Walia said going with a more mature look was a measured move in this Olympic season. If she wanted to compete against the world's top women, she has to look like one.

"You want to look like the top skater in the world, you always want to look like you're seasoned out there," Walia said.

Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., was sixth, while Veronik Mallet of Sept-Iles, Que., was eighth.

Skate Canada is the second of six stops on figure skating's Grand Prix circuit. The top six entries in each discipline qualify for the Grand Prix Final, Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.