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Kaetlyn Osmond performs at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Halifax on Friday. Osmond, who lost all of last season while recovering from a broken leg and two surgeries to repair the damage, scored 70.63 points to take the outright lead after the short prorgam.
For the first time in a long time, Kaetlyn Osmond felt like herself.
The 20-year-old from Marystown, N.L., took the first step toward reclaiming her Canadian crown, laying down the strongest program since a gruesome broken leg sidelined her for all of last season. The skate was good enough to give her the lead after the short program at the Canadian figure skating championships.
“It’s been a long time,” Osmond said afterward.
The two-time Canadian champion scored 70.63 points for her performance to Cyndi Lauper’s lyrical “La Vie en Rose,” her one misstep coming on a combination — she doubled the planned triple toe-loop.
And when she turned her final spin, the Scotiabank Centre crowd rose in a standing ovation.
“It felt really good, it gave me the feeling that I am back,” she said. “And no matter how many other competitions I’ve done this year, this is the first competition that I’ve truly felt back.
“And having that standing ovation was even better.”
Osmond broke her right fibula in two places in the fall of 2014, an injury that required two surgeries to repair. She virtually had to learn to skate all over again — it was two weeks into her return before she could even change directions on the ice.
Alain Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., was second with a score of 68.81. Defending champion Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., fell on her triple Lutz and finished third (64.44).
The Canadian championships determine the team for the world championships in Boston in March. Canada can send two skaters each in men’s and women’s singles, plus three ice dance teams and three pairs teams.