Osmond retires as reigning world champion, Olympic medallist
Marystown’s darling is hanging up her skates.
Kaetlyn Osmond, the reigning world women’s figure skating champ and 2018 Olympic bronze medallist, announced on Twitter Thursday she is retiring from competitive figure skating.
“I guess it’s officially out there for everyone to know,” Osmond posted. “I am no longer going to be competing. I’ve personally known this for a while, but to hear it officially announced, it doesn’t sound real. I am excited about future plans that I have, and I can’t wait to share them with you!”
Her gold medal in Milan, Italy, was the first world championship win for a Canadian woman since the great Karen Magnussen, who won in 1973.
In South Korea, her bronze was Canada’s first medal in women’s figure skating since Joannie Rochette placed third in Vancouver eight years ago.
Her retirement from competitive skating doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Last April, she visited her native Marystown for the first time in four years, and hinted at the time that retirement was looming.
“I love competing at the Olympics,” she said, “and I’ve gotten the opportunity to skate in two of them already.
“They’re just so exciting, and it’s the one time every four years the entire country and world comes together. So it’s always exciting to go out and represent Canada on the biggest stage ever.
“It’s definitely in the back of my mind to compete there four years from now. That said, I’m taking it year by year. Four years is a long commitment.
“The last four years were really, really hard,” she said. “I didn’t realize it as I was doing it, but sitting down I honestly can’t believe I did it. It wasn’t a smooth ride, that’s for sure.”
At the height of her training, Osmond was a virtual athletic machine. Often up and gone at 6 a.m. and home by 6 p.m., in between were three one-hour on-ice training sessions five days a week, and daily off-ice training sessions which were a combination of strength training, cardio, stretching and massage.
Then there was the ballet work, and meetings with sports psychologists and nutritionists.
Osmond’s career was nearly scuttled in 2014 when she suffered a broken right leg seven months after her Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia.
The injury required a couple of surgeries, and kept her off the ice for nearly a year.
She returned with a vengeance, winning the silver medal at the 2017 world championships, sharing the podium with teammate Gabrielle Daleman, who won bronze.
It was the first time two Canadian women had stood together at the world championship top three.
Osmond, now 23 and a resident of Edmonton since she was 10, left Marystown when she was eight, along with her older sister, Natasha, an outstanding skater as well, to live and train with coach Josee Picard in Montreal.
Kaetlyn Osmond, originally from Marystown, shows off the gold medal she won at the 2018 world figure skating championship.