‘She should walk away proudly’

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Kaetlyn Osmond’s family thrilled with Olympic performance in Sochi

“You can’t complain about that!” Natasha Osmond exclaimed.
The older sister of Canadian Olympic ladies figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond had just finished watching the judges reveal her sibling’s free skate score Thursday from Clem and Claudia (Osmond) Lambe’s home in Marystown.

Relatives of Olympian Kaetlyn Osmond – including older sister Natasha – gathered at grandparents Clem and Claudia (Osmond) Lambe’s residence in Marystown Thursday, to watch her performance. Osmond placed 13th overall in the ladies figure skating event in Sochi. — Photo by Paul Herridge/TC Media

 

 

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“Really, she should walk away proudly for what she did. I think for her age and her experience she did pretty freaking good.” – Natasha Osmond

 

 

‘She should walk away proudly’

Kaetlyn Osmond’s family thrilled with Olympic performance in Sochi

Their grandparents’ living room was one of the gathering places for relatives to watch Kaetlyn’s performance.

Thursday, Osmond posted a season’s personal best of 112.80 to give her a two-day total of 168.98 – good for a 13th place finish overall. 

She recovered nicely from a somewhat disappointing short program at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday during which she also placed 13th in the field of 30 skaters.

The room was quiet and focused on the television as Kaetlyn skated, reacting with applause and cheers at each completed jump and a collective groan during the routine’s one misstep.

Natasha, a former skater herself and Kaetlyn’s inspiration for getting involved in the sport, was happy for her sister and lauded the support throughout the community during the past two weeks.

“Her score was wicked. She was smart for adding the double toe-double toe and a double axel at the end of it.

“Really, she should walk away proudly for what she did. I think for her age and her experience she did pretty freaking good.”

Mrs. Lambe said she was thrilled with her granddaughter’s showing and indicated she can’t wait for the 18-year-old’s upcoming visit to Marystown in April to celebrate in person.

Really, she should walk away proudly for what she did. I think for her age and her experience she did pretty freaking good.” Natasha Osmond

“It was great. She had a great skate. Her score was good. Really proud of her,” she acknowledged.

Osmond, who has lived and trained in Edmonton, Alberta, for the past seven years, will be the guest skater at the Marystown Ice Crystal Skating Club’s finale Apr. 19.

Describing the congregation of people and media attention as “kind of hectic,” Mrs. Lambe noted, “It was good having people around to share it with. It makes it more special.”

Great-aunt Maggie Hanrahan said the atmosphere Thursday was a little more relaxed than on the previous day.

“She did such a good skate today, and her score was up there. We’re so happy for her.

“We’re happy for her anyway because when she smiles, we smile. When she’s happy, well everybody’s happy.”

Mrs. Hanrahan, who recalled her great-niece’s first forays onto the ice at the Marystown Arena at just two-years-old, indicated the buzz in Marystown during the last two weeks has been fantastic to see.

“The well-wishers on the Burin Peninsula, it’s amazing. Everybody feels just the same as we do.”

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

 

Organizations: Marystown Ice Crystal Skating Club

Geographic location: Sochi, Marystown, Russia Edmonton Alberta

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  • Jackie
    February 21, 2014 - 20:46

    Imagine how much better she would be if our provincial government gave her money to support her training over the years. Never gave her a dime…..shame on our government.

  • seanoairborne
    February 20, 2014 - 19:40

    She's and up and comer.She's only 18 yrs old and has about three more Olympics ahead of her.I look for her to be on the podium in the next Olympics!!Meantime,great job young lady.I'm also proud of you and wish you much luck in the future!!Congratulations!!