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 from Marystown, N.S., 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.
Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov topped the pairs' short program with 77.84 points, leading from French pair Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres (73.18) and Italians Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise (70.65).
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.
Meanwhile, two-time world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France are on course to break their world record after a personal best in the ice dance short program.
A technically assured and typically fluent Samba, Rhumba, Samba program saw them score 81.40 points heading into Saturday's free dance.
Two weeks ago, they became the first ice dance team to break the 200 points with 200.43 to win the Cup of China.
Chock and Bates, who were second in Beijing, recorded a personal best short score of 73.55 to move into second place.
Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin of Russia are third but way behind the leaders on 70.02.
The Associated Press