SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Canadian figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond felt right at home competing at this weekendís Skate Canada International.
The 17-year-old skater hails from Marystown, NL, and competing in a Grand Prix in an East Coast province was an uplifting experience for the Newfoundland girl.
Sadly, however, Osmondís bid to repeat as the Skate Canada champion came crashing down on Saturday morning when she woke up with a sore right hamstring.
The Edmonton-based skater went to morning practice in the hopes that the hamstring would loosen up, but it didnít and she was forced to withdraw. Osmond skated a sub-par short program on Friday at the Harbour Station Arena and sat fifth heading into Saturday freeskate.
Still, the personable skater, who finished eighth at the worlds last year, was confident her Cleopatra-inspired freeskate would lift her to a podium spot here. But it was not to be.
ďMy long program is my favourite program and thatís the one I wanted to show everyone, so Iím disappointed,Ē said Osmond. ďBut it just gives me more motivation to get back on the ice and fully recover and be ready to compete at the next competition. We already have a recovery plan and Iím sure it will recover quickly and Iíll be ready for the rest of the season.Ē
Osmond is scheduled to compete at the Cup of Russia Grand Prix Nov.22-24 in Moscow.
Itís been rough off-season for Osmond, who only returned to full training three weeks ago after suffering a serious foot strain this summer. She said the hamstring has given her trouble in the past.
Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old Russian sensation, skated a powerful Schindlerís List inspired freeskate to win the womenís singles event with 198.23 points, followed by Japanís Akiko Suzuki (193.75).