Kaetlyn Osmond back on N.L. ice
Figure skating sensation Kaetlyn Osmond skated on home ice in Newfoundland and Labrador, for the first time in almost two years.
Osmond, 17, was in Corner Brook last week to headline the Silver Blades' annual figure skating show at the Pepsi Centre.
"It's my first time actually in Newfoundland for the first time in two years, so I am really excited to be here. I think it will be a lot of fun," Osmond said.
The Grade 12 student recently became the 2013 Canadian Women's champion.
"The last year has just been extraordinary — it's been anyone's dream come true," Osmond said. "It's what I always hoped for, and now it's actually come true."
Last month, she finished eighth in the World Championships in London, Ont.
Mark Scott, with the Silver Blades Skating Club in Corner Brook, said there has been a lot of positive energy in the rink while Osmond was in town.
"A lot of people relate to her where she's originally from Marystown, and a lot of our young skaters — as well as our older skaters — really thrive on the fact that they were able to share the ice with her," Scott said.
Osmond said the possibility of going to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games is an unexpected, albeit happy, surprise.
"I never had my eyes set on 2014 — I was always aiming for 2018 — but just another dream come true this season," she said.
"Everything just fell into place, and now I am an Olympic hopeful for next year. It is my goal for next year and I am really hoping I can make it."