World champ Kaetlyn Osmond announces retirement
No more competitive figure skating for Kaetlyn Osmond.
The 23-year-old Canadian officially announced her retirement on Thursday, ending a stellar career as the country's most decorated female singles skater in history.
Osmond was crowned 2018 world champion just one month after winning team gold and individual bronze at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.
"Competition has been such a rewarding part of my life. Having a purpose and accomplishing goals beyond my wildest dreams has been incredibly fulfilling," said Osmond. "No words will ever describe the emotions competitions carry."
"Leaving competition is terrifying, but I am excited to see what else life has to offer."
The announcement does not come as a big surprise as Osmond had taken the 2018-19 season off to evaluate her future plans.
She took part in the "Thank You Canada Tour" across her home country in the fall but did not compete at any ISU events.
Now Osmond takes one final bow, ensuring she is going out on top.
Her 2018 world title in Milan was the first for a Canadian woman in 45 years.
"It was truly a pleasure to have had a skater like Kaetlyn represent Canada," said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada.
"She brought energy to our Canadian team and inspired many young women around the world with her talent."
How it all began
Young Kaetlyn made headlines when she took the Skate Canada title in 2012, her first senior event - as a 16-year-old. She finished eighth in her first world championships a year later.
But not long after helping Canada win Olympic team silver in Sochi Osmond wanted to quit.
After having recovered from a stress fracture in her foot, in September 2014 she broke her fibula in two places, just above her ankle. She required two surgeries.
No more, Osmond said, and it took a few months until she rediscovered her love for the sport.
And not only did she reignite her passion, she also became an even better skater.
Osmond added another silver medal at the world championships in 2017 before capping an amazing 2018 with Olympic glory and Canada's first women's world title since Karen Magnussen won it in 1973.