Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Newfoundland has made Canadian sports history. The 22 year-old became only the fourth Canadian figure skater ever on Friday to win the gold medal in women’s singles at the World Figure Skating Championships.
Osmond posted a winning score of 223.23 points to claim World Championship gold in Milan, Italy. Wakaba Higuchi of Japan won the silver medal with a score of 210.9 points. Satoko Miyahara of Japan won the bronze medal with a score of 210.08 points. Osmond reached the podium by 14.35 points over Carolina Kostner of Italy, who finished in fourth place with a score of 208.88 points.
Osmond also did a wonderful job of catching up to the competition in the long program. After the short program, Osmond was fourth and trailed Kostner, Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia and Miyahara. However Zagitova, Kostner and Miyahara all skated poorly in the long program, which allowed Osmond to pass them.
The first Canadian ever to win a gold medal in women’s figure skating at the World Figure Skating Championships was the late Barbara Ann Scott of Ottawa, Ontario, who won gold in 1947 in Stockholm, Sweden and then in 1948 in Davos, Switzerland. Petra Burka of Toronto, Ontario then won gold in 1965 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Karen Magnussen of Vancouver, British Columbia then won gold in 1973 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.