Gander's Floressa Harris wins bronze at World Winter Special Olympics
Floressa Harris of Gander won a bronze medal for Canada today at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Ramsau, Austria.
Marystown native wins women’s title at Finlandia Trophy
Kaetlyn Osmond is celebrating her successful competition at the ISU Challenger Series Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland.
The 20-year-old Marystown native topped three-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan, who placed second at the figure skating event, and Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya, who was third, to capture the women’s title Oct. 7.
Osmond told The Southern Gazette it was a big win for her.
“I am super, super excited. It was my first international competition of the year, and it was my first time competing in Finland,” she said.
“So it means a lot to me to be able go out there and perform and get two personal bests, scores that I haven’t even gotten close to in the past three years of my skating.”
Osmond, who now lives and trains in Edmonton, Alta., explained that taking part in the international event also allowed her a chance to get a feel for performing in Finland, the host country for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships next year.
During her long program Osmond was able to execute jumps that in the past have eluded her.
“One was the triple-triple, this is the first time that I have finally rotated it in competition,” she said. “And that is something that I do need to have in my program this year to be able to be a contender in the competition, so I was really glad I could achieve that.”
She also included more triples in her program than she has in past events.
Osmond said she would use the win as motivation for the upcoming season.
“It definitely gives me a good vote of confidence for the remainder of my season, not just worlds,” she said. “Hopefully I can make it to worlds this year where I missed it last year, so it does give me a bit of confidence to motivate me in practice and hopefully the next couple competitions.”
With the latest competition behind her, Osmond wants to continue building on each event.
“I want to go to each competition and do better than the last, and just see what that can do for me.”