Canada’s Dale­man leads short pro­gram at Four Con­ti­nents

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PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Re­pub­lic Of

Cana­di­ans took the top two spots Thurs­day in the Four Con­ti­nents women’s short pro­gram, with Gabrielle Dale­man first and Kaet­lyn Os­mond sec­ond at the test event for the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

Dale­man, from New­mar­ket, Ont., opened with a triple toe loop-triple toe loop com­bi­na­tion at the Gangne­ung Ice Arena and cleanly landed a triple lutz and a dou­ble axel for 68.25 points.

“It was a fight tonight, but I’m happy with what I was able to ac­com­plish and with the over­all pack­age,” Dale­man said. “It’s been great com­pet­ing in Korea for my sec­ond Four Con­ti­nents and it is just so mo­ti­va­tional and in­spir­ing to com­pete in the Olympic rink.”

Os­mond, of Marys­town, N.L., fell on the land­ing of her dou­ble axel and was sec­ond with 68.21 points. El­iz­a­bet Tursyn­baeva of Kaza­khstan was third with 66.87.

U.S. cham­pion Karen Chen strug­gled and was 12th.

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