Osmond is an inspiration

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Among the 101 young figure skaters competing at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games this week there could very well be another Kaetlyn Osmond.
The Marystown native became the first Newfoundland-born woman to medal at the Olympic Winter Games when she helped the Canadian squad to silver in the inaugural team event in Sochi, Russia this past February.

Osmond's success in recent years, says Mount Pearl Skating Club coach Lori Brett, should do wonders for the sport.

"There's nothing that can compare to that publicity for our sport and for all the clubs," says Brett.

"It's fairly safe to say they've seen an increase in their enrollment for our learn to skate programs and then there's just the enthusiasm it brings to our sport."

St. John's/North figure skaters Lauren Woodruff and Amber Boutcher, both 14, watched all the Olympic figure skating they could but were obviously particularly interested in how Osmond fared.

"I feel like she'll get back there and she'll do way better," Woodruff, out of St. John's, says of Osmond's showing in the ladies' competition, a 13th place finish.

"It's probably more for experience that she wanted to go anyway," adds Paradise's Boutcher. "I think she should be proud. We are proud of her."

The girls say they are inspired by Osmond's "passion" and the complexity of her programs.

"The fact she's from here and she was just a small-town girl like us and she can do it is really inspiring."

Organizations: Mount Pearl Skating Club

Geographic location: St. John's

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