Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond says the excitement of competing in her first Olympics has fueled her desire to return to the ice for the next Winter Games in 2018.
“It was an experience I absolutely loved and that’s what’s really motivating me now,” Osmond told the CBC’s John Archer on Thursday’s edition of Edmonton AM.
Osmond, 18, won silver in team figure skating and placed 13th in the individual event.
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Her mother Jackie Osmond said it was emotional for her and her husband to see their daughter compete.
“At first it was like, oh my goodness, she’s on the ice, skating and then, of course, my husband and I started to cry because it was overwhelming,” she said.
Kaetlyn Osmond was born in Marystown, Nfld., but moved to Edmonton with her family eight years ago.
That led both Newfoundland and Edmonton to claim her as their own during the Olympics, something the teen was asked about in Thursday’s interview.
“Marystown, in Newfoundland it’s where began for me, it’s where most of my family still lives, and where a lot of my supporters are from. Nothing would have been accomplished if I didn’t start in Newfoundland,” she replied.
“I’ve done most of my training here in Edmonton and I’ve lived here 8 years now so I can’t really decide which place I call home because it all started in Newfoundland but it’s continuing here in Edmonton.”
Osmond says she slept through the night for the first time since returning from Sochi on Tuesday afternoon.
She is now preparing for the World Figure Skating Championships which take place next month.