Skater Kaetlyn Osmond, 23, of Marystown, N.L., is taking the season off to contemplate her future. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

World champion Osmond says it’s “really nice” not to know what future holds

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Kaetlyn Osmond has a world title, Olympic medals of every colour, and she accomplished it all after rebounding from a gruesome broken leg that almost made her quit figure skating.

What’s left to accomplish? Why would she compete again?

“For myself, it will be fully for myself,” Osmond said. “I never imagined winning worlds or medalling at Olympics.

“But it will be fully for me, to know that I can do it again,” she added. ”I can still do it, I do believe if I put my mind to it, I would be able to be if not as good as I was, even better.

The 23-year-old from Marystown, N.L., is taking the season off to contemplate her future.

Osmond, who was at the Canadian figure skating championships that wrapped up Sunday, isn’t thinking too far ahead.

“My entire life has been planning and planning and planning and planning and planning,” she said. ”So this year, it’s been really nice to not fully know. And a little terrifying not knowing.”

Osmond skated on the two-month, cross-country “Thank You Canada Tour,” but has otherwise found the absence of a strict training regimen “very strange.”

“Often I’ll go into the rink and train for an hour and then leave, and I feel guilty about it. Like why am I only training for an hour?”

Osmond, who won gold at the world championships last March in Milan, and silver the year before in Helsinki, suddenly found it tough to get herself to the gym or the rink with no competition to prepare for.

“I enjoyed it the entire time I was competing, I had no problem going to the gym every day, and skating every day. It surprised me that after worlds I resented a lot of it, I couldn’t handle going to the gym,” she said.

But after two decades of continuously training and continuously striving to be in better shape, “I was so exhausted,” Osmond said.

“Every time I went into a gym I wanted to just sit there and cry, and never step foot in there again. it took me quite awhile to convince myself: No, you can go to the gym, you don’t have to kill yourself there, you can just work out and feel good about yourself.”

Osmond’s world title and two medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics — gold in the team event, and bronze in women’s singles — came after she broke her fibula in 2014, a gruesome injury that almost ended her career for good.

“The last four years were really really hard,” she said. ”I didn’t realize it as I was doing it, but sitting down I honestly can’t believe I did it. It wasn’t a smooth ride, that’s for sure.”

But if she had the chance to go back, she wouldn’t change the way anything played out.

“I don’t think I would have been world champion if I didn’t break my leg. I’m fully committed to that,” she said. “I’m a full believer that everything happens for a reason. I fully respect the medals that I got a lot more, i respect the training I went through, my coaches…”

Osmond has talked with coach Ravi Walia, along with her parents and friends about her competitive future.

“But nobody is being pushy about it, and that’s what I like,” she said. “Eventually I’ll have a couple of weeks where I can just sit down and think about it.”

“I literally accomplished everything, so it’s fully up to me, and everyone’s being really respectful of that.”

Skate Canada would love to have her back, said high performance director Mike Slipchuk.

“But if she makes the decision to move on to other endeavours we fully support her. And I don’t think there’s many times I’ve ever seen a current world champion volunteer in a media centre,” he said, laughing.

Osmond volunteered in the media room at the Canadian championships. She also spent a day coaching beginner skaters with Canadian Tire’s JumpStart program.

“It’s really inspiring to see their joy of it. It reminds me of a lot of things that I like about skating.”

Just Posted

Red Deerians brave the chill to spend Family Day in the new Celebration Plaza

The 2019 Canada Winter Games hub attracted a lot of parents and kids

Stettler RCMP search for suspects

Attempted theft of an ATM

Sign cost a concern for some in Red Deer

Installation complete on south end welcome signs

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Canadian women beat US 2-0 to win inaugural Rivalry Series

DETROIT — The inaugural Rivalry Series was created to give Canada and… Continue reading

Don Cherry blasts Hurricanes as ‘jerks’; team responds with his words on T-shirt

TORONTO — Don Cherry’s latest rant about the Carolina Hurricanes and their… Continue reading

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

NASHVILLE — Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with the… Continue reading

‘Black Panther’ costume designer blazes trail to inspire

LOS ANGELES — Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a… Continue reading

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie… Continue reading

Still-active human rights case speaks to lasting homophobia in Canada: activists

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Just over 14 years ago, the government of… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A Canadian couple who had to leave Haiti due to… Continue reading

Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Most Read