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The event, which began with the ladies’ short, featured some new faces on the Senior Grand Prix circuit, including Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, Gracie Gold of the United States, and Polina Shelepen of Russia.

Osmond, who trains in Edmonton, Alberta with coach Ravi Walia and choreographer, Lance Vipond, led things off with a clean routine to Mambo No. 8 Gwendoline, by Perez Prado. She gained a standing ovation after hitting a triple toe-loop, triple toe-loop combo; triple flip; and double axel. She gained positive GOEs from all of the judges . Osmond scored 60.56, a new personal best.

“It was really exciting,” Osmond said. “I’m excited to skate more tomorrow. I’m really learning a lot this week.”

World junior silver medalist Gracie Gold of the U.S. had a disappointing skate after stumbling and under-rotating her triple flip-triple toe-loop combination and falling on her double axel.  Her flying camel spin, which had a difficult entrance, was a highlight of the program, and her music, “Hernando’s Hideway,” engaged the audience.

Russia’s Polina Shelepen, who had a very successful 2011 Junior Grand Prix season, skated to a Latin medley.  She attacked the first jump of her combination, but fell on the second jump, a triple toe loop. She also fell on her triple loop. Her strongest element was her layback spin, which featured exquisite positions. Shelepen earned a disappointing 46.18.

2011 Skate Canada champion Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, the final skater of the first flight, skated her short to Francis Lai’s Love Story.  After missing her first combination jump, Elizaveta landed a triple loop. Her step sequence featured intricate steps, and she did solid, high double axel.

The third Russian, Ksenia Makarova, the 2010 Skate Canada silver medalist, opened with a triple toe-loop, triple toe-loop combination and a triple loop. Her only major mistake was a popped double axel.  She used her entire body throughout her flowing  step sequence, which gained positive GOEs from all of the judges.

Makarova earned 58.56 and stood third heading into the free program.

“I’m really having fun,” Makarova said. “I was so into the emotion of the program. It was one of the best feelings.”

Elene Gedevanishvili, who trains in Toronto with Brian Orser, skated her short to Schindler’s List by John Williams. The Georgian skater hit a solid triple toe-triple toe, followed by a triple lutz. At the conclusion of the program, tears of happiness fell from Elene’s eyes. She earned a score of 60.8 and led heading into the ladies’ free skate.

“I am shocked,” Gedevanishvili said. “I think it will catch up with me later.”

Japanese skaters Kanako Murakami and Akiko Suzuki stood fourth and fifth, respectively, after the short program.

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