OTTAWA, ON:  A fall during a training session last week will keep Canadian champion and Olympic silver medallist (team) Kaetlyn Osmond off ice for at least the next six weeks.  The 18-year old native of Marystown, Nfld., who now lives and trains in Alberta, represents Edmonton’s Ice Palace FSC.

On Thursday, September 11th, during a routine practice session, Osmond was working on choreography for this season’s programs, when she swerved around another skater. She caught an edge and fell onto the ice, fracturing the fibula in her right leg.  She underwent surgery on Friday at Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton to stabilize the fracture and was discharged on Saturday.

She will not be able to put any weight on the right leg for six weeks, keeping her off the ice for the duration of that time.  She will withdraw from the three events she had planned to compete in this fall: Autumn Classic International in Barrie, Ont.; Skate Canada International in Kelowna, B.C.; and Trophée Éric Bompard in Bordeaux, France.

In good spirits, Osmond wanted to thank all her fans and friends for the good wishes. “I really appreciate all the support I’ve received from our medical team at Skate Canada and at Misericordia. I’m obviously disappointed to miss the early part of the skating season, but I will look forward to getting back onto the ice and training again. I certainly hope to be competing in Kingston at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in January.”