January 19, 2013
Women's champ, Osmond, the eldest of new wave
By

RYAN PYETTE, QMI AGENCY



Kaetlyn Osmond skates in the senior women's long program at the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ontario January 19, 2013. (REUTERS)

Kaetlyn Osmond turned her head to each side and saw Gabrielle Daleman, who just turned 15, and Alaine Chartrand, still only 16-years-old.

All week, the newly-minted Canadian senior women's figure skating champion tried to look and act more mature on the ice. But beside this crew, she could drop the charade.

“It felt weird being the oldest on the podium for once, but it was really exciting,” Osmond, a Marystown, Nfld.-native said Friday night at the Hershey Centre. “I've always been one of the youngest on the podium.

“I'm 17, but I'm old.”

Osmond fought her way through her Carmen long program to a 201.34 score – well ahead of Daleman, the big jumper from Newmarket, Ont., and Prescott, Ont., native Alaine Chartrand, who bumped 24-year-old defending champ Amelie Lacoste off the podium after a scoring correction on a jump combo granted her an extra two-and-a-half points.

“I feel amazing,” said the Edmonton-trained Osmond. “I was coming in here hoping to win



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