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Polina Edmunds, Vincent Zhou fall behind in French Grand Prix

Polina Edmunds finished ninth out of 11 skaters Friday in the short program of her only Grand Prix appearance this season.
But the San Jose Olympian wasn’t frowning afterward at the Internationaux de France in Grenoble.
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“It wasn’t as perfectly clean as I wanted,” she told a U.S. Figure Skating official, who asked questions for this news organization. “But it was pretty good for my first Grand Prix in two years and I’m really happy to have put out a strong program.”
Edmunds, 19, earned 56.31 points in her “Palladio” short program — well below her international best. But the Santa Clara University sophomore has had a long road back to international competition after finishing second at the 2016 U.S. championships.
Edmunds has struggled to train since January 2016 because of a foot injury. She entered the French competition with lower base values than many of the top competitors, meaning Edmunds had little chance of winning.
She’s putting all her energy into finishing among the top three at the U.S. championships, Jan. 3-7 in San Jose, where the 2018 Olympic team will be selected. Edmunds parted ways this season with her coach since childhood, David Glynn. She was accompanied in France by her mother, Nina, who also has served as her coach. They have added former Russian ice dancing great Sergei Ponomarenko to the team. Ponomarenko lives in Morgan Hill and has coached for years at the San Jose rink where Edmunds learned to skate.
While the selection committee will take into account skaters’ Grand Prix performances, Edmunds didn’t hurt herself Friday.
Skating first, she landed a triple loop-triple toe combination, as well as a triple Salchow and double Axel. Her only real mistake came at the start when Edmunds stepped out of the second half of the combination jump. But she fought to remain upright and looked elegant the rest of the way.
The free skate is scheduled for Saturday when Edmunds hopes “to nail all the elements. I want to skate a very nice, well-received long program and work on my presentation and feeling good under nerves.”
Canadian star Kaetlyn Osmond leads the competition scoring 69.05 points, ahead of second-place Maria Sotskova of Russia, who got 67.79 points. Japan’s Yuna Shiraiwa and Mi Mihara were third and fourth, respectively,
Palo Alto’s Vincent Zhou will need to land all of his big jumps Saturday in the free skate after falling to 10th out of 11 skaters in the short program.
“I want to be me again in the long,” he said. “Today was not representative of how I train or who I am.”
Zhou fell on his opening two quadruple jumps to score 66.12 points. The Bay Area skater who trains in Colorado Springs and Riverside looked much better after the falls. But Zhou was 12 ½ points behind eighth-place Max Aaron, one of his main competitors to make the U.S. team headed to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“It goes without saying today was not very good,” Zhou said, adding that he has struggled with jet lag while in France.
“I felt fine before the program,” he said. “I warmed up very well.”
But the 17-year-old said his stay in France has been off and “I can’t figure out exactly why. I usually don’t have any problems in Europe and Asia. I woke up from my nap between warmup and the competition and it was really hard to get up.”
In ice dancing, Elliana Pogrebinsky of Campbell and partner Alex Benoit were sixth after earning 60.64 points.

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