Kaetlyn Osmond pulls out of Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix

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Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond has withdrawn from next week’s Rostelecom Cup due to a hamstring injury.    
The 17-year-old native of Marystown, N.L., the defending Canadian champion, pulled out of Skate Canada International last month in Saint John, N.B., with the same problem. She has missed several weeks of training because of the injury.

Marystown native and defending Canadian women’s figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond has withdrawn from next week’s Rostelecom Cup due to a hamstring injury.

“It was a difficult decision, but Kaetlyn and her coach felt it was important to get back to a full training regimen to be prepared for the next events in the season,” Skate Canada high-performance director Mike Slipchuk said Tuesday in a release.

Osmond, who is back training, has battled injuries throughout the season. She was also sidelined for all of September with a stress reaction in her foot — a precursor to a stress fracture.

She finished fifth in the short program at Skate Canada, but withdrew before the free program due to pain in her hamstring.

At the time, Osmond said the hamstring injury was something that has bothered her at times over the past few years.

Organizations: Skate Canada

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  • Jack
    November 13, 2013 - 06:37

    Since Kaetlyn Osmond is starting to show a lack of self discipline with one dropout after another, perhaps she should take some advice from fellow Newfoundland and Labrador athlete, Jackie Barrett (Powerlifter), and his famous quote from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens "Canadians don't quit, and Newfoundlanders don't quit". Like Kaetlyn, Jackie had a health issue during the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games; in fact, he was hit with a nasty stomach virus three days before he lifted at this event. Did he use that as an excuse? Absolutely not as Special Olympics Canada spent a considerable amount of money to send him to the games. Even after a nasty stomach flu in Athens, Jackie still lifted. Despite losing 10 pounds in just three days from this stomach flu, Jackie still broke the Special Olympics World Squat Record. He would ultimately win three gold medals and one silver medal. Lessons learned, if Jackie can compete despite having an ailment and not use it as an excuse, so can Kaetlyn Osmond.

  • Jack
    November 13, 2013 - 06:29

    Is it just me or is Kaetlyn Osmond starting to use one excuse after another to pull out of important Figure Skating events that are qualifiers for the Olympics? Since injuries are a part of the game, if Kaetlyn keeps withdrawing due to injuries instead of managing it or moving on, she will not go anywhere. Secondly, many well known Canadian Figure Skaters didn't use frequent excuses when they are hurt and still won, especially Elvis Stojko whom won an Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano despite having a groin injury, Julie Lynn Stanhope winning a Figure Skating Gold Medal at the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter games despite having a broken foot, and then you have Joannie Rochette whom skated just after her mother died and still won a Bronze Medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. If Kaetlyn wants to be a great Figure Skater along with Elvis Stojko, Julie Lynn Stanhope (Special Olympian), Jeff Buttle, and Joanne Rochette, she has to start playing with some pain and no more excuses.

    • Steve
      November 13, 2013 - 11:43

      She won the Canadian Grand Prix last year. THAT QUALIFIES her for the Olympics. Why risk injury when she can focus on being in the best possible shape when the Olympics come around. FYI, she's 17, she has at least 1 more Olympics to go after Sochi if she stays healthy.