Canada's Osmond wins gold at Nebelhorn Trophy

Skate Canada

10/1/2012 12:19:00 PM

Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., won the gold medal in women's singles on Saturday at the Nebelhorn Trophy figure skating competition.
Osmond, now based in Edmonton, was second after the short program and posted the best score in Saturday's free skate to grab the win with 170.19 points.  Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, the leader after the short, took the silver at 168.23 and Haruka Imai of Japan was third at 153.64.
"It feels really amazing," said Osmond, 16 third at the Canadian senior championships last season and 10th at the world juniors.  "It was my best free skate ever.  I executed everything really well."
The Nebelhorn Trophy is the traditional season opener for senior international figure skating and features top junior skaters making the move to the senior level.
"I have a brand new program this year and it's a great way to start a new season," said Osmond who added a triple Lutz and a double Axel-triple flip combo to her program this year.  "It certainly wasn't a perfect skate though and there is still a lot of work to do especially at the end of the program."
In ice dancing, Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S., won the gold medal with Julia Zlobina and Alexei Sitnikov of Azerbaijan second and Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi of Germany third.
Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam of Barrie, Ont., were fifth and Kharis Ralph of Toronto and Asher Hill of Pickering, Ont., seventh.
"We aren't super disappointed but it definitely wasn't our best skate," said Islam.  "We took a few hits technically so that's something we are really going to have to focus on."