Canada’s most decorated female figure skater is hanging up the skates.
World and Olympic champion Kaetlyn Osmond announced on Thursday that she is retiring from competitive skating.
The 23-year-old captured the gold medal at the 2018 world championships (the first Canadian woman to accomplish the feat in 45 years) and helped Canada claim gold in the team event at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“Competition has been such a rewarding part of my life. Having a purpose and accomplishing goals beyond my wildest dreams has been incredibly fulfilling. No words will ever describe the emotions competitions carry,” said Osmond in a press release. “I would like to thank my coaches, family, friends, and Skate Canada for all the support they have given me over the years. Leaving competition is terrifying, but I am excited to see what else life has to offer.”
Osmond, a native of Marystown, Nfld., won three nationals titles over her impressive career (2013, 2014 and 2017), earning a world championship silver medal in 2017 before getting the gold a year later. On her Olympic resume, Osmond also has a silver medal in the team event from 2014 and a bronze in the singles competition in 2018 in addition to her gold medal from the same Winter Games.
“It was truly a pleasure to have had a skater like Kaetlyn represent Canada. Kaetlyn brought energy to our Canadian team and inspired many young women around the world with her talent,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Kaetlyn’s accomplishments on the ice are only matched by her outgoing and kind personality and Skate Canada wishes Kaetlyn the very best in the next chapter of her life.”
Osmond received the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018. She currently resides in Brantford, Ont.