Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kaetlyn Osmond retires from figure skating at age 23

Kaetlyn Osmond (David Carmichael, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Newfoundland has retired from competitive figure skating at age 23. Osmond won the gold medal for Canada in team figure skating with Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario, Gabrielle Daleman of Toronto, Ontario, Meagan Duhamel of Sudbury, Ontario, Eric Radford of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tessa Virtue of London, Ontario and Scott Moir of London, Ontario at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

It was a magical 2018 figure skating season for Osmond. In addition to her gold medal in the team figure skating competition, she won the Olympic bronze medal in the women’s singles competition and the gold medal at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy. Osmond became only the fourth Canadian ever to win the gold medal in women’s singles at the World Figure Skating Championships. The others were Barbara Ann Scott of Ottawa, Ontario, who won in 1947 in Stockholm, Sweden and 1948 in Davos, Switzerland, Petra Burka of Toronto, Ontario, who won in 1965 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Karen Magnussen of Vancouver, British Columbia, who won in 1973 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.

Osmond also won the silver medal in the team competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi¬†and the silver medal in women’s singles at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She also won the women’s singles competition at Skate Canada twice. The first time came in 2012 in Windsor, Ontario and the second time came in 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan. For my compete interview with Osmond prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, please click here.¬†

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