Marystown native successfully defends national women's crown with outstanding long program; finishes first by huge margin
It’s not official, but it might as well be: Marystown native Kaetlyn Osmond is heading to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia next month.
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The 18-year-old Osmond performed an outstanding free skate to successfully defend her Canadian women’s crown at the Canadian figure skating championship in Ottawa today, winning by a large margin.
The Canadian Olympic team won’t be announced until Sunday, but Osmond’s spot is assured, given Canada will send two women’s singles skaters to Sochi, and by her decisive victory in Ottawa.
Osmond, who has lived and trained out of Alberta since she was 12, had an impressive total score of 207.28 points, finishing nearly 25 points ahead of second-place Gabrielle Daleman, a 15-year-old from Newmarket, Ont.
“It’s definitely the best I ever skated,” said Osmond after her performance today.
Daleman was the big surprise, passing former national champion Amelie Lacoste in the long program to finish second with 182.47.
Lacoste, from Delson, Que., was third with 166.69.
Osmond was in first place after Friday’s short program, holding a big lead.
Osmond, who was eighth at last year’s world championship in London, Ont., had a tough start to this figure skating season, suffering a stress reaction in her ankle and a hamstring tear. In fact, before this week’s nationals, she had only one full competition under her belt this season. That was in Regina in December, when she won the Skate Canada Challenge, a qualifying event for the Canadian championships.