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Return to Piaf short proves successful for Osmond

World silver medalist leads field by more than nine points; Hicks sits third
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The decision to go back to the Édith Piaf short she used last season appears to be a good decision for Kaetlyn Osmond, who took a nine-point lead Thursday at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. -Getty Images

New season, same first-class skating from Kaetlyn Osmond.

The world silver medalist picked up right where she left off last year by winning the short program by more than nine points at the 2017 Autumn Classic International in Pierrefonds, Quebec, on Thursday night.

Osmond gave the fans in attendance at the Sportplexe Pierrefonds what they came to see: a virtuoso performance by the best ladies skater Canada has to offer. Skating the Édith Piaf short she used last season -- a program she recently returned to after ditching the "Summertime" program she trained all summer -- the 21-year-old Albertan opened her routine with a clean triple flip-triple toe and added a triple lutz and three Level 4 spins. Her total score of 75.21 was just 0.77 points off her career best.

Sitting comfortably in second is Mai Mihara, who secured 66.18 points for her "Libertango" short. The Japanese bronze medalist led off her performance with a huge triple lutz-triple toe worth 11.14 points -- the most of any element in the segment -- but she later received an edge call on her triple flip (-0.98 Grade of Execution). She holds a 6.41-point cushion over the third-place finisher, Courtney Hicks of the United States.

Hicks led off her short to "Nocturne" from La califfa with just a triple flip-double loop -- and a shaky one at that -- but she rebounded to land both of her remaining jumps cleanly and perform three Level 4 spins and a Level 4 step sequence. Her segment mark of 59.77 landed her in third place, two points ahead of Australia's Brooklee Han.

Making her senior international debut, American Livvy Shilling sits in seventh after earning a score of 53.00. Like Hicks, she was awarded Level 4's for all four of her non-jump elements.