It’s been two weeks that Kaetlyn Osmond will never forget.
She now has three Olympic medals – one of every colour for the Winter Games. The Games may be over but planning for her homecoming to the province is underway.
The trifecta of Olympic medals, all by the age of 22, two of those medals, a gold and bronze are from the most recent Games in South Korea, and all after coming back from what could have been a career-ending injury. Osmond says it gave her new perspective. “I let myself enjoy everything a lot more, enjoy the experience. I don’t know if another Games will happen. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring and that’s something that will keep me going,” she says. “Ever since I got injured it was to fully enjoy every moment of skating and just leave nothing behind.”
She didn’t leave anything behind, skating to a personal best in the short and free programs, solidifying her spot on the podium. Osmond, who hails from Marystown but resides in Edmonton, has done her part and now the province has begun plans for the Olympians homecoming. Premier Dwight Ball and Mark Browne, Liberal MHA for Placentia West-Bellevue, spoke with Osmond Saturday night congratulating her on her Olympic success.
“She’s going to be here in mid-April and so I’ve been working with her family and her team and leading it on behalf of the province for her visit, so we’re going to have a big celebration here at confederation building for her,” Browne told NTV’s Kelly-Anne Roberts.
With three Olympic medals and a world’s silver medal, the province is looking to put her name on something. Browne says the decision will be up to the Marystown native. “When we spoke with Kaetlyn on Saturday evening we said to her we will be renaming something after you on behalf of the province but we want you to be part of that decision, it’s your name,” he said. “So we’ve put together some options for her and she’s going to be part of that decision making so by the time she lands here in April we’re going to have a name for her on something.
Osmond will be making her way to the province in the spring and will be a guest skater in the Ice Crystals show in Marystown on April 14th. It will be a busy month as she will also be skating in Corner Brook and hosting a seminar in CBS.