OTTAWA, ON: One of Canada’s figure skating sweethearts makes her return to the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Skate Canada is pleased to announce that 2018 world champion, Kaetlyn Osmond, will serve as the official Athlete Ambassador for the 106th edition of the national championships. The event will take place in Mississauga, ON, from January 13-19, 2020 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

“It truly is an honour to serve as Athlete Ambassador for the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships,” says Osmond. “This sport will always have a special place in my heart, and it is a privilege to represent all athletes competing in Mississauga and to interact with the fans who joined me in an unforgettable journey throughout my competitive career.”

Osmond is Canada’s most decorated female singles skater. She began her success winning her first international title in 2012 at Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany and later went on to win her first senior national title at the 2013 Canadian Championships, and subsequently won two more titles in 2014 and 2017. She competed in two Winter Olympic Games, the first being in 2014, where she won silver for the team event, and the second in 2018, winning bronze in the individual women’s event and gold in the team event. On the ISU Grand Prix Circuit, she won four medals, qualifying for the ISU Grand Prix Final in 2016 and won a bronze medal in 2017. In addition, she won two world championship medals, gold in 2018 and silver in 2017. In 2018, Osmond became the first Canadian woman to win the World Championship title in 45 years.

As Athlete Ambassador, Osmond will handle speaking engagements, media interviews, make appearances on behalf of competing athletes and, of course, make time for fans attending the event.

“We are excited to have Kaetlyn as our Athlete Ambassador for this event. We know Kaetlyn will do an exceptional job at inspiring the fans at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre,” says Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Kaetlyn is an excellent role model for all Canadians and has made significant contributions this sport. With a world title and three Olympic medals she knows what it takes to stand on the podium and we hope fans in Mississauga enjoy engaging with Kaetlyn during the event.”

Taking a step back from competitive skating in 2018, Osmond entertained skating fans in a multitude of shows in Canada and internationally, including the cross-country “Thank you Canada” tour. In 2018, Osmond was honoured with both the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and having in the highway from Red Harbour N.L., to Marystown being renamed Osmond Way. Osmond announced her retirement in 2019.

TICKET INFO
Tickets for Thursday’s Senior practice are $16.00 ($10 ticket + $6 venue fee) and includes Novice Pairs Free and Junior Pairs Free. Single session tickets for Seniors begin on Friday at $38.65 ($30 tickets + $8.65 venue fee) and pricing varies by session and seating level. Ticket prices for the Novice and Junior competition fall earlier in the week and are $28.35 per day ($20 ticket +$8.35 venue fee). Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 905-615-3200 x2814 or in person at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office.

EVENT
Having previously hosted the Canadian National Skating Championships in 2013, this will be the second time that Mississauga will welcome Canada’s best skaters. The city has also hosted four Skate Canada International competitions (2000, 2003, 2011, 2016) and the 2017 World Junior Synchro Championships.

The pre-eminent all-Canadian competition will see athletes vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2020 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

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