OTTAWA, ON: Two-time Canadian figure skating champion and Olympic silver medallist (team) Kaetlyn Osmond will not defend her title at this year’s Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The 19-year old native of Marystown, Nfld., who represents Edmonton, Alberta’s Ice Palace FSC was off the ice for several weeks earlier this season after fracturing her right fibula in a fall.
Although she was back on the ice, the skater and her coach made the difficult decision to focus on a longer recovery, rather than pushing to compete this winter. It means she will not compete for her third consecutive title at the upcoming 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Kingston, Ontario. She also will not be part of the Canadian team at the ISU Four Continents and ISU World Figure Skating Championships later this season.
Osmond appreciates all the support from fans, friends and family. “It was a really hard decision for me not to compete this year. I tried everything to be able to come back, but I just couldn’t get to where I wanted to be for competitions this year. I’m hoping this break and healing time will set me up for a great season next year.”