MOSCOW – Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., is in first place after the women’s short program at the fourth stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit in figure skating.
Chartrand produced 61.18 points as she put herself in position to win a first international medal. Her program included a double Axel which was quickly followed by a soaring triple Lutz in combination with a triple toe loop.
World junior champion Rika Hongo of Japan stands second at 59.85 and Anna Pogorilaya of Russia, the Skate Canada International winner two weeks ago, is third at 59.32
Chartrand, 18, is in her first season on the senior circuit. After placing seventh at Skate Canada two weeks ago she said: “I was looking to improve on that. I really just wanted to have big jumps, clean jumps.
In the men’s short program, Jeremy Ten of Vancouver skated a clean program which included a triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe for ninth.
Chartrand and Ten are the only two Canadian entries here this weekend. All free skates are on Saturday.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gprus2014/index.htm