Canadian senior women's figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond was welcomed like royalty on the weekend in her home community of Marystown.
Osmond was part of a 200-car motorcade that went through Marystown on Sunday. It ended at the arena where she was greeted by several hundred of her fans of all ages.
Osmond also had an autograph-signing session at a Canadian Tire store, and she was the guest of honour at a dinner on Sunday evening.
The teenage figure skater, who has been training to quality for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, said she was a bit overwhelmed by all the attention.
"I never realized how much support I really was getting from here," said Osmond. "To realize it now, it's so much more motivating, so much more exciting."
Osmond proud of Marystown roots
Marystown mayor Sam Synard said Osmond's family, and everyone in the area, is incredibly proud of her.
"When Kaetlyn is interviewed and someone asks 'Where are your from?' her quick response is 'Hello, my name is Kaetlyn Osmond and I'm from Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador,''' he said.
Osmond started her figure skating career in Marystown when she was a little girl. At the age of 10, she moved to Edmonton for advanced training.
Osmond has been scheduled to visited her old elementary school, Sacred Heart Academy, for an assembly today.
"Everybody wants to see her," said Synard. "A lot of young kids who are into figure skating: Kaetlyn's their idol. She's a bona fide, world-class athlete."
Osmond also has an appearance at the Glacier in Mount Pearl on Tuesday.