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Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, NL, is the Canadian senior women's figure skating champion for 2013.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Kaetlyn Osmond, a 17-year-old from Marystown, N.L., claimed her first Canadian title on Saturday, easily winning the women’s singles with 201.34 points.
“It felt so great, all I can remember is halfway through my program I was like, ’OK, I’ve done so good so far let’s just keep going with it,”’ Osmond said. “And after my program I just took the deepest sigh of relief.”
Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., who just turned 15 last week, won the silver with 163.90, while 16-year-old Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., finished third.
Osmond could finally give Canadians a women’s skater to cheer for on the international stage. Canada has been weak in the event since Joannie Rochette’s bronze-medal performance at the 2010 Olympics.
Osmond fell on a double Axel but otherwise skated a clean program to “Carmen.”
She joked about how she was the oldest on the podium, and admitted to feeling the unfamiliar weight of expectations.
“I felt a little bit of pressure going in today, I was a little more nervous than usual, but when I got on the ice, I just felt like any other competition, I felt great,” Osmond said.