Osmond, Daleman finish 1-2 at nationals

Gabrielle Daleman (Matthew Usherwood, Ottawa Sun)

Gabrielle Daleman (Matthew Usherwood, Ottawa Sun)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

OTTAWA - The women were falling like ice-covered tree branches at the Canadian figure skating championships on Saturday, until Gabrielle Daleman and Kaetlyn Osmond took to the ice.

Daleman and Osmond, the final two skaters in the women’s singles competition, absolutely wowed the Canadian Tire Centre crowd, starting with the 15-year-old Daleman, who proved that her second-place performance at last year’s nationals was no fluke. With two Olympic spots on the line, and defending Canadian champion Osmond almost certainly getting the first spot, the 5-foot Newmarket native skated like she was on a mission, landing six triple jumps (the same as Osmond), including a magnificent triple lutz-triple toe combo to begin the program, inspired by the opera Prince Igor. Her free-skate performance earned her a score of 124.09 and enabled her to pass Amelie Lacoste of Quebec for second place overall (182.47—166.69).


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