Kaetlyn Osmond in medal contention in Olympic women’s figure skating

Kaetlyn Osmond (David Carmichael, Wikimedia Commons)

Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Newfoundland is in medal contention in women’s figure skating at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Osmond is currently in third place after the short program with 78.87 points.

Osmond trails two figure skaters from the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Alina Zagitova is in the gold medal position with 82.92 points and Evgenia Medvedeva is in the silver medal position with 81.61 points. Both Zagitova and Medvedeva recorded world records in the short program.

Osmond’s biggest rival at the moment for the bronze medal is Satoko Miyahara of Japan. Miyahara is 2.93 points back of Osmond.

Osmond has already won two Olympic medals. They both came in the team competition. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Osmond was part of the Canadian team that won the silver medal and at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Osmond was part of the Canadian team that won the gold medal.

In the women’s free skate which starts 6 pm on Friday evening, Osmond will skate second last in the final flight, just ahead of Medvedeva, and behind Miyahara and Zagitova. With Osmond’s battle being for bronze at the moment, it is unlikely she will be able to catch Medvedeva, the world champion from the last two years. It will also be interesting to see how Zagitova does as she has had an excellent season having won the Grand Prix Final and European Championship.


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