Tak­ing a break

Cana­dian fig­ure skater Kaet­lyn Os­mond will not be com­pet­ing this sea­son

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Kaet­lyn Os­mond is tak­ing a break from com­pet­i­tive fig­ure skat­ing this sea­son.

Kaet­lyn Os­mond has spent time this sum­mer riding roller­coast­ers and watch­ing ten­nis.

What her fall and win­ter def­i­nitely won’t in­clude is com­pet­i­tive fig­ure skat­ing.

Two months af­ter Os­mond an­nounced she would sit out the ISU Grand Prix cir­cuit to be­gin the 2018-19 cam­paign, the reign­ing world cham­pion said Tues­day she will not com­pete at all this sea­son.

Os­mond cap­tured a bronze medal in women’s sin­gles at Fe­bru­ary’s Pyeongchan­g Olympics and also helped her coun­try earn gold in the team event.

All the 22-year-old na­tive of Marys­town, N.L., did for an en­core the fol­low­ing month in Mi­lan, Italy, was be­come the first Cana­dian woman in 45 years to win a world ti­tle.

One of those op­por­tu­ni­ties came ear­lier this month for Os­mond, who is look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time with fam­ily and friends, when she went to Canada’s Won­der­land north of Toronto for the first time.

“It was so much fun,” she said. “I love roller-coast­ers. It’s been about five years since I’ve been on one. I also got to go to the Rogers Cup (ten­nis tour­na­ment). I haven’t picked up a racket since I was nine.

“I’m ex­cited to get a lot of dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences in that I haven’t been able to.”

It’s not un­com­mon for skaters to take time off af­ter an Olympics.

Pa­trick Chan took a year off fol­low­ing the Sochi Games in 2014, while Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir also stepped away from com­pe­ti­tion in the wake of the Olympics in Russia.

“I do still plan on com­pet­ing,” said Os­mond, who has al­ready taken some on­line uni­ver­sity cour­ses and plans to fur­ther ex­plore her post-sec­ondary

op­tions. “I don’t know if that will change by the end of the year.

“I just want to take a year for my­self and re-eval­u­ate what I want to do next.”

Fast ap­proach­ing on the docket is the up­com­ing “Thank You Canada Tour” with Olympic team­mates Virtue, Moir, Chan, Mea­gan Duhamel and Eric Rad­ford, as well as three-time world cham­pion Elvis Sto­jko.

The 28-show tour be­gins Oct. 5 in Ab­bots­ford, B.C., and is sched­uled to hit a num­ber of smaller cities across the coun­try be­fore wind­ing up Nov. 24 in St. John’s, N.L.

CP PHOTO

Women fig­ure skat­ing bronze-medal­list Canada’s Kaet­lyn Os­mond waves from the podium dur­ing vic­tory cer­e­monies at the Pyeongchan­g Win­ter Olympics in Gangne­ung, South Korea, on Feb. 23.

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