GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of – Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond has won a bronze medal in women’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics.
The reigning world silver medallist from Marystown, N.L., skating to music from “Black Swan,” scored 152.15 in her long program for a combined score of 231.02.
She was also third after the short program.
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Osmond’s medal is historic as it boosts Canada’s total in Pyeongchang to 27, an all-time high for the country at the Winter Games.
Russia’s Alina Zagitova, just 15 years old, scored a combined 239.57 to capture gold. Teammate and reigning world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia won silver with 238.26 points.
Osmond, 22, who almost quit skating after breaking her leg in a training accident in 2014, nailed her long program, landing seven triples jumps. Her only mishap was a slight bobble on a triple Lutz.
Canada hadn’t won an Olympic medal in women’s singles since Joannie Rochette claimed bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games just days after her mom died of a heart attack.
It was a disastrous day for Gabrielle Daleman, who was seventh after the short program. The 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., fell three times – on her opening triple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, her triple Lutz, and triple flip.
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Daleman, who won bronze at last year’s world championships, was deducted 4.00 points for the falls
Osmond and Daleman will be looked to as leaders of Canadian team that will have to rebuild after these Olympics. Among those retiring are ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won double gold in Pyeongchang, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, and two-time world pairs champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who captured bronze.
Osmond and Daleman, along with the retiring veterans, claimed gold in the team event to open these Games.
Canada’s figure skating darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took home ice dancing gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, capping off their historic Olympic career.
Performing to Moulin Rouge, the pair captured the gold medal with a total score of 206.07.
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France took silver with a combined score of 205.28 while American siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani claimed bronze with a combined score of 192.59.
“Amazing. It was a special moment to come out last. It was a strong last group, there was a lot of pressure, but I’m so happy with how we performed,” Virtue said following their win.
Tuesday’s medal for the three-time world champions makes it the third for the pair. Virtue and Moir are tied with Gillis Grafström of Sweden, Sonja Henie of Norway and Russia’s Irina Rodnina for the most gold medals in Olympic figure skating history.
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