Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond to skip this year's ISU Grand Prix circuit
Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada celebrates after winning the women's free skating program, at the Figure Skating World Championships in Assago, near Milan, Italy, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, June 4, 2018 11:58AM EDT
OTTAWA -- After a stellar season that included two Olympic medals and a world championship title, Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond is taking a break.
The 22-year-old from Marystown, N.L., announced Monday that she will skip the ISU Grand Prix circuit this year to pursue other opportunities.
"For the past years, my focus has been on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and I worked really hard to achieve my goals," Osmond said in a statement. "The 2017-18 season went far beyond any of my own expectations and now I need time to refocus and evaluate the next steps in my career."
Osmond capped her season by winning the women's event at the 2018 world figure skating championships in Milan, becoming the first Canadian woman to capture a singles world title since Karen Magnussen in 1973.
The three-time Canadian champion also helped Canada win gold in the team event and added a bronze in women's singles at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
Osmond's announcement comes at a time when Canada's figure skating team is already fractured. Of the team that won gold in Pyeongchang, ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, three-time men's world champion Patrick Chan and decorated pairs tandem Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford have since retired from competition.