Kaetlyn Osmond pulls out of Skate Canada

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada skates during the ladies short program at the Skate Canada International...

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada skates during the ladies short program at the Skate Canada International at Harbour Station on October 25, 2013 in Saint John. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Canadian figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond felt right at home competing at this weekend’s 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, Osmond’s 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 didn’t 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.

“My long program is my favourite program and that’s the one I wanted to show everyone, so I’m disappointed,” said Osmond. “But 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 I’m sure it will recover quickly and I’ll be ready for the rest of the season.”

Osmond is scheduled to compete at the Cup of Russia Grand Prix Nov.22-24 in Moscow.

It’s 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 Schindler’s List inspired freeskate to win the women’s singles event with 198.23 points, followed by Japan’s Akiko Suzuki (193.75).


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