Figure Skating

Lipnitskaia wins Skate Canada, Canadian Osmond withdraws

The Canadian Press
10/26/2013 6:33:29 PM
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SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- There are more injury concerns for Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond only three months out from the Sochi Olympics.

The 17-year-old from Marystown, N.L., withdrew from Skate Canada International with a hamstring injury on Saturday, just three weeks after she'd returned from a foot injury.

Osmond, who was sidelined for all of September with a stress reaction -- a precursor to a stress fracture -- was fifth after Friday's short program. But she woke up Saturday with pain in her hamstring, and could barely put any weight on her leg during the morning practice session.

"I'm obviously disappointed that I won't be able to do my long program," Osmond said. "My long program is my favourite program and the one that I wanted to show everyone. . . but it just gives me more motivation to get back on the ice and recover, fully recover from any injury I've had, and just be ready to compete at the next competition."

Osmond said the hamstring injury is something that has bothered her a couple of times a year for the past few years, but the pain usually subsides within several hours.

"I was hoping it was some sort of cramp or something, so I showed up for practice this morning hoping that it would feel better with a bit of movement and everything," she said. "But . . . trying to do choreography, it was really painful, so I got off, tried to get some treatment on it, and we just decided it was better to take the rest of this competition off."

Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old phenom from Russia, won the women's singles title, scoring 198.23 points after a virtually flawless long program.

"I'm never really thinking about winning, when I have won something," said Lipnitskaia -- who may be 15, but could pass for 12. "For me, you have to go on, you have to continue to work, you can not remain in the same place, you have to move forward all the time."

Akiko Suzuki claimed the silver with 193.75, while American Gracie Gold won bronze (186.65).

Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., was fifth.

The young skater, who burst onto the international scene last season when she won Skate Canada, had only returned to the ice three weeks ago after being in a walking cast with her foot injury. She and coach Ravi Walia only made the decision last week to compete at Skate Canada.

She will receive treatment at home in Edmonton, and hopes to be recovered in time to compete at Cup of Russia in four weeks.

"I'm sure it will recover quickly -- that's what I'm hoping for anyways -- and I'll be ready for the rest of the season," Osmond said. "That's what I know I'll be able to do, I'll come back and I'll recover from this and I'll get back to my training. I know I have done it, I've done it coming back from my ankle injury, and I'll be ready to go to Russia."

Osmond, last year's Skate Canada champion, announced her decision moments before the women skated their long program Saturday.

Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old from Russia, won the women's singles event.

Kaetlyn Osmond (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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