Kaetlyn Osmond, medal in hand, returns home to Edmonton
Olympic figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond is getting used to having a silver medal around her neck, and the attention it can attract.
Osmond, 18, returned to Edmonton on Tuesday with some other members of Canada's Olympic delegation.
"It's really cool," Osmond, who helped Canada to a team silver medal in figure skating, told CBC News.
"A lot of people have noticed it and even without the medal around my neck, they still recognize me, or the athletes I was travelling back with," she said.
Osmond, who grew up in Marystown on Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula before moving west with her family to focus on her training, is Canada's two-time women's figure skating champion.
She thanked those who helped her get to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"It's pretty great to be able to share that experience with them and knowing that it wouldn't have been possible without the support of everyone," she said.
Osmond placed 13th in the women's figure skating competition. She said she is determined to compete in the next Winter Olympics, to be held in 2018 in South Korea.
Osmond's parents greeted her at the Edmonton airport, having returned to Canada earlier.
Her mother, Jackie Osmond, said the Sochi journey was life-changing for the whole family.
"It was exciting for us just to travel to Russia to begin with," she said.
"But then, when we go there — going into the Olympic Park, sitting in the rink where she was skating, seeing her skate with the Olympic rings — there were just a number of things that just came to us to help us realize what was actually happening so. It was very exciting."
Osmond is now preparing for the World Figure Skating Championships, which start March 24 in Japan.