Kaetlyn finishes in top 13 skaters

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Kaetlyn Osmond started her trek to Olympic gold skating in the first (short) program over two days and preparing for the free skate program tomorrow.

Parents Jeff and Jackie Osmond likely hadn’t been more proud of their daughter, 18-year-old Kaetlyn, as she cut her blades around the ice surface Wednesday in Sochi, Russia.

The two-time defending Canadian Women’s Figure Skating champion was taking on the world’s best female skates in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

A glimpse of Mom and Dad on television sitting in the stands watching Kaetlyn jump, spin, glide and more over the surface, offered the culmination of eight years of intensive practice.

And Kaetlyn, after stumbling once and miscuing on her moves a couple of more times battling through nerves, finished her short program with the broad smile that is defining her as a champion.

She sat alongside the boards and listened to the judges’ marks – she was first in the initial group of eight skaters. At the mid-way mark of the 30 competitors, she was second overall with her mark of 56.18.

As stronger skates took to the ice, she finished 13th out of 30. Fellow Canadian Gabrielle Daleman was 19th.

Yuna Kim of Korea leads the short program, after scoring 74.92 followed by Russian Adelina Sotnikova with 74.64 and in third is Carolina Kostner of Italy at 74.12.

One silver medal under her belt, Kaetlyn was striving to do her best Wednesday. Perhaps it wasn’t the skate she wanted, but it turned out to be the skate of a true Olympian.

The judges and the spectators alike as well as the commentators certainly didn’t miss out on that wonderful smile of a champion.

Geographic location: Sochi, Russia

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