Whenever I interview 16-year-old Kaetlyn Osmond, there’s something I notice about her – besides her triple-triple combination. It’s her smile. It never leaves her face. And right now, Osmond has a lot to smile about.
On Friday, Osmond mamboed her way to second place in the short program at the 2012 Skate Canada International competition in Windsor, Ont. The program garnered Sherwood Park’s Osmond a score of 60.56 – a personal best. She was edged out by Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia who snatched the lead with 60.80. The margin between the two skaters is so small, it’s barely a cross-cut and a three-turn.
When only .24 separate first and second, you know it’s anybody’s game. Russia’s Ksenia Makarova is in third place with 58.56. Amélie Lacoste sits in seventh place with 53.81, and is still in the game if she skates well.
Probably one the biggest surprises of the day: defending Skate Canada champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is in sixth place, and scored 55.10.
Saturday the women perform their free skate. Osmond will skate to the opera Carmen, in my opinion, the best interpretation since two-time Olympic champion Katarina Witt. If Osmond can mix the drama and technical ability that won her the Nebelhorn Trophy, she could have another personal best score. Or possibly – some hardware.
Either way, we’ll see that smile.
Originally published on the Edmonton Journal website.