PIERREFONDS, Que. – Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., landed seven triple jumps for the first time in her career on Saturday to win gold in women’s singles at the 2017 Autumn Classic International figure skating competition.
Osmond came within less than a point of her personal best with 217.55. Mai Mihara of Japan was second at 199.02 and Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan was third at 181.00.
‘’It’s so exciting I love both my programs this year,’’ said Osmond. ‘’And to do them both well here means so much to me. To get the seven triples is a big bonus.’’
In 2016-17, Osmond made an impressive return from injury capping the season with a silver medal at the world championships.
‘’I am ready for this season,’’ she said. ‘’I had a great summer of training and to get the start I had here really sets me up for the rest of the year.’’
It was a Canadian medal sweep in ice dancing. World champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold with 195.76, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., were second at 173.56 and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto were third at 172.26.
‘’I thought it was a very strong first outing for our free dance,’’ said Virtue. ‘’It wasn’t quite what we’ve been training at home but that’s to be expected this early. There’s a lot to learn in how to compete this program.’’
‘’Right now we need to grow the program,’’ added Moir. ‘’A bit more speed, a bit more power. But we definitely connected better in the short.’’
In pairs, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France took the gold with two-time world champions Meaghan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., second and Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., third.
In men’s competition, Javier Fernandez of Spain took the gold with Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan second and Canada’s Keegan Messing third.
Full results: Skate Canada – 2017 Autumn Classic International