Marystown erupts as Kaetlyn Osmond brings home Olympic bronze
Osmond, 22, now has three Olympic medals
A small — but loud — crowd of dedicated supporters burst into enthusiastic cheer early Friday morning in Marystown, N.L. as they saw their local hero clinch a third Olympic medal.
Supporters at the Kaetlyn Osmond Arena kept themselves awake until 1:30 a.m., and saw Osmond win a bronze medal in women's figure skating.
"I would have to say it's phenomenal, actually surreal, it doesn't even seem real to me tonight," said Gary Osmond, Kaetlyn's older brother.
Here’s the moment — Kaetlyn Osmond is guaranteed another Olympic medal. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cbcnl</a> <a href="https://t.co/h3glhn1om3">pic.twitter.com/h3glhn1om3</a>—@GarrettBarry
"I'm just blown away. I kind of hoped that she would score a medal of her own tonight, but I certainly didn't expect it of her, the fact that she's bringing it home, I've still gotta process it."
It's Osmond's third Olympic medal, adding to a gold in this year's figure skating team event, and a silver from the team event in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
She beat her personal-best score on her way to the bronze.
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Among the dozens who assembled for the late-night watch party in Marystown was Gerard Baker.
He's worked at the town's arena for almost 40 years, and says he remembers well when Osmond was just a young girl, learning to skate on his ice surface.
"She was always pretty determined to do well," he said. "Whenever she was on the ice, and when she fell down she'd cry, and come off, and get up in her mom or dad's arm, go to the bathroom and get her tears dried up and before you knew it, back on the ice again, spinning around again."
WATCH | “I’m happy everyone got to see that.”<br><br>Kaetlyn Osmond (<a href="https://twitter.com/kaetlyn_23?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@kaetlyn_23</a>) talks to Paul Martini about how she was able to focus to win the 🥉 <a href="https://t.co/oG3BHKPTnI">pic.twitter.com/oG3BHKPTnI</a>—@CBCOlympics
Osmond's Olympic journey, which has seen her recover from a broken leg in 2014, is serving as an inspiration to young figure skaters in her hometown, according to cousin and friend Kia Power.
"I think it's so important, that they can revel in her joy, that they can see her confidence, that they know that even though, you know, sometimes life brings you down and throws those hardships at you, that you can build yourself back up and that dreams come true," she said.
"We're in a small town, and sometimes we see the world around us and we forget that there's such a big world and so many opportunities out there for us."
She got high marks from the judges, and 12-year-old skaters Brooklyn Kelly and Kendra Coady loved Osmond’s performance as well. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cbcnl</a> <a href="https://t.co/1rNhkat6y7">pic.twitter.com/1rNhkat6y7</a>—@GarrettBarry
One of the young skaters finding encouragement from Osmond's success is 12-year-old Kendra Coady, who says the Olympic Games are a big reason she decided to first ask her mom for figure skating lessons.
"After watching her, and you get on the ice, you'll be like I can do everything and then you go and try it. And maybe you might fail, but it just gives you more motivation to get up and do it again until you get it right."
Hero's welcome planned
Osmond is scheduled to return to Marystown in April, where she will be guest performer with the Ice Crystal skating club's annual performance on April 14.
She's also set to perform in St. John's, Grand Falls-Windsor and in Corner Brook, according to Gary Osmond.
"I think a lot of people are excited for that time to come, she's accomplished a lot and she's got so many fans from here on the island," he said.
"We're all stoked to see her."
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and everyone back home in Canada! None of this would have been possible without you!—@kaetlyn_23
Kaetlyn Osmond a livré un programme presque sans faute et reviendra au Canada avec la médaille de bronze au cou! 🥉⛸<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pyeongchang2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Pyeongchang2018</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RColympiques?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RColympiques</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SkateCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SkateCanada</a> <a href="https://t.co/1yB9Q8eukQ">pic.twitter.com/1yB9Q8eukQ</a>—@RC_Sports