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Mao Asada leads Grand Prix Final

Updated: December 7, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- Mao Asada took the lead with an exuberant short program Friday at the Grand Prix Final, edging American Ashley Wagner by a half point.

Asada opened her program to variations on "I Got Rhythm" with a strong double axel, followed by a fast triple flip-double loop.

The program was designed to "invigorate everybody who sees it, including me," Asada said. "I'm always skating it with a smile on my face."

Wagner opened with a big triple flip, followed in combination ...

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