Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond skates into Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame
The battle to be known as “The Home of Kaitlyn Osmond” has escalated.
Kaetlyn Osmond of Edmonton, a.k.a. Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., was last year’s world figure-skating champion and took gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals during her career.
She will be inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.
Osmond left Newfoundland at the age of eight when her parents Jeff and Jackie relocated to Fort McMurray prior to putting down roots in Sherwood Park when she was 10 and beginning her figure skating rise to fame out of West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace Figure Skating Club under coach Ravi Walia.
The recently retired Osmond has been well honoured by Marystown, population 5,436, a town with a history in fishing and as a shipyard located 316 km west of St. John’s.
Marystown, to this point, has renamed the town rink the Kaetlyn Osmond Arena, named a street after her and presented her with a symbolic key to the town.
In January, Osmond received the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, the top civilian honour in the province.
“It’s where I started skating when I was two and where a lot of my family still live. It was the beginning of my sports career and the beginning of my entire life so I’ve always wanted to recognize that,” she said.