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Takahashi, Kim Lead GP Figure Skating


Japan's Daisuke Takahashi has the lead after the men's short program at the International Skating Union's Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy.

Takahashi skated to a hip-hop version of Swan Lake and earned a season-best score of 84.2 points. Former world champion and Olympic silver medalist Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland was second (with 83.80 points). American Evan Lysacek is third (79.70) after two-footing his quadruple toe loop jump.

In the women's short program, defending champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea is in first place with 64.62 points. Fourteen-year-old American Caroline Zhang is second (61.82 points) with European champion Carolina Kostner of Italy third (59.86 points).

Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy lead the pairs program with 72.14 points. China's Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao are second (71.40 points) with compatriots Pang Qing and Tong Jian third (66.68 points).

Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of the United States lead the ice dancing after the original dance. The Americans scored 63.64 points for a lively American hoedown folk dance.

The French couple of Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder is in second, 0.35 points back. Russia's Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin are in third place (62.31 points). The free programs are Saturday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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