Kaetlyn Osmond is an athlete from Canada who won two medals in figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Learn more about her including her net worth by reading below.
Kaetlyn Osmond’s Early Life
Osmond’s skating career began quite early when she followed in the footsteps of her older sister Natasha. sSS began training at age three and the two of them often traveled to Montreal from their home in Marystown, Newfoundland to hit the ice. The family moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta when Osmond was ten in 2005, where she began training with her current coach, Ravi Walia. Of Walia, Osmond has said that his excitement about her accomplishments is infectious, and it makes her feel more optimistic. He also coaches Canadian Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan. Osmond’s parents have always been extremely supportive of her skating career, moving multiple times to support Kaetlyn and Natasha’s skating. Osmond was inspired to go to the Olympics at fourteen when she watched Joannie Rochette win her bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. It was a huge year for Canada, with ice dance team Virtue and Moir winning the gold, and Rochette winning bronze. Rochette’s win was particularly inspiring because she learned of her mother’s death while warming up for the short program. Osmond watched Rochette’s performance from under her bed covers, because it was past her bedtime.
Figure Skating Career
2012-2014 Winter Olympic Games
Osmond began her senior career in Canada in 2012 when she competed at the Canadian Championships. She won a bronze medal, putting her on the radar as a young skater to watch. The following year, she won her first international Grand Prix event, Skate Canada, and followed it up by becoming the 2013 Canadian Champion. At the 2013 World Championships, she placed eighth, which put her in good position to compete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but not expected to medal. In the fall of 2013, Osmond’s career started looking shaky as she tried to recover from injuries. First, she discovered a stress reaction in her left ankle, which kept her off the ice until October. Shortly after, she withdrew from Skate Canada because of a torn hamstring in her right leg. However, she made a huge comeback in the 2014 Canadian Championships, successfully defending her title and winning both the short and free programs. In February 2014, Osmond was selected to join Canada’s Olympic team. While at the Sochi Olympics, she performed both her programs in the team event, and competed in the ladies singles event. Team Canada took the silver medal in the team event, but Osmond placed 13th overall in the ladies singles event.
Severe Injuries and Return to Skating
The rest of Osmond’s 2014 season was put on hold due to another injury, a broken leg. She broke her right fibula during training, which required two surgeries to implant and remove a metal plate and seven screws to heal it. Osmond considered retiring, but was motivated by her dream of Olympic glory to continue. She has said that this moment made her more focused than ever to go to the Olympics again, and she returned to the ice after months of rehabilitation. Lucky for her, all the hard work would pay off. Returning to the ice was not easy for Osmond becase had to relearn everything from the basics onward. Later the battle became mental because Osmond had never had nerves about competing before. Putting herself back out on the ice became a mental triumph and she contributes much of her success to Walia, her coach, who was supportive of every step of the way. Osmond spent time skating in front of small Canadian audiences who gave her warm receptions to build up her courage and connection with the audience. She had to learn to trust her body all over again.
I don’t think I would have been able to perform the way I did today without that injury. I regrouped and almost became a new person afterwards. I had to mature, I had to refocus on how to stay on the ice and feel strong. And I don’t think I would have been able to perform this choreography as good as I could without that experience.
Kaetlyn Osmond, on her performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games
Osmond returned to the ice for the 2015 season. She started the season off with a bang, grabbing the gold medal at the 2015 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. At Skate Canada, she placed 11th, but she also started attempting triple loop jumps in competition. The triple loop is a staple of a competitive figure skaters repertoire. Including triple jumps and combination jumps in a skater’s program can push them into the top tier of skaters. Later in the season, she came back to win the bronze medal at the Canadian Championships, coming in just behind her future rival, Gabrielle Daleman.
The 2016 season began with a string of medals for Osmond. She won a gold medal at the CS Finlandia Trophy, a silver at Skate Canada, and another silver medal at the Cup of China. She qualified for the Grand Prix Final that year as well. At the 2017 World Championships, Osmond won a silver medal, making her the first Canadian woman to do so since her idol, Joannie Rochette, in 2009. It also marked the first time two Canadian women stood on the podium at the World Championships, with Gabrielle Daleman capturing the bronze. Osmond started off her 2017-18 season with a personal best in her free skate at the CS Autumn Classic International. At the Grand Prix final she took the bronze, behind Russians Alina Zagitova and Maria Sotskova. Osmond and her Canadian teammate Gabrielle Daleman are two of the only North American skaters that can keep up with the Russian women. At the 2018 Canadian Championships, she placed second to Daleman, setting them up for a rivalry going into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
2018 Winter Olympic Games
Her silver medal at the Canadian Championships guaranteed her a spot on the 2018 Canadian Olympic Team. Osmond’s 2018 Winter Olympics Games started out rocky when she fell during her short program in the team event, while Daleman looked flawless in her free skate. However, fall or no fall, her performance helped earn Canada the team gold medal. Going into the ladies short program, most of the focus was on young Russian rivals Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova while Osmond competed in the race for bronze. She set personal bests in both the short program with 78.87 points and in the free skate with 152.15 points, and she took the bronze behind Zagitova and Medvedeva. After an unfortunate fall in the short program, Daleman was essentially out of the running. As Osmond received her scores at the Olympics, cameras caught her mother, Jackie, crying in the stands. The 22 year old’s bronze medal win gave Canada a record breaking 27 medals at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, and a record breaking four medals in figure skating. This includes the team gold, Osmond’s bronze, ice dancing gold for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and the pairs skating bronze for Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford.
Kaetlyn Osmond’s Figure Skating Style
Osmond’s skating style is unique because of her choreography. She has worked with the same choreographer and coach, Lance Vipond and Ravi Walia, since she was ten. Her short program for the 2017-2018 season was praised as being the most interesting and best choreographed program of the season. Set to two songs by Edith Piaf, the two minute program was spirited and lively, showing off Osmond’s jumps, spins, and effortless-looking skating. Many skaters try to choose music that represents their country in Olympic years, and Osmond’s choice of songs sung in French represent Canada’s French heritage. She is also known for high flying jumps; she is actually working on making them smaller, so she can control them better.
Life Off the Ice and Net Worth
Outside of skating, Osmond graduated from high school in 2013 and now attends Athabasca, an online college. She is pursuing a degree in communications and her hobbies include reading love stories and binge watching television on Netflix. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family, friends and pets.
Nothing can make me feel better after a long or challenging day than coming home to pets that are just always happy to see me.
Kaetlyn Osmond, in an interview with ‘Get Leashed’ Magazine
Osmond loves dogs, and recently got one of her own, a Cockapoo named Rasquette. Her father picked up the puppy on the way back from the 2017 World Championships, and had her for Kaetlyn when she arrived home. Rasquette is often featured on Osmond’s instagram page, instagram.com/kaetkiss. Osmond’s family also has a rag doll cat named Annie, after Raggedy Ann. Osmond is passionate about animal care and is part of a campaign for Nulo Pet Food, a company in which fellow Olympian Michael Phelps is an investor. She says that having pets helps alleviate the stress of competing, and gives her a mental break from skating. According to Osmond’s Instagram, she is currently dating Canadian pairs skater Trennt Michaud. The 21 year old skates with Evelyn Walsh. Since Walsh is sixteen, the pair competes at the junior level. They won the 2017 junior Canadian Championships, and placed sixth in their first World Junior Championships. Osmond first uploaded a picture of the her and Michaud on New Year’s Day, 2018.
Kaetlyn Osmond’s net worth is currently unknown, but she is estimated to be in the top percentile of figure skaters. She currently has endorsement deals with Toyota and Endy, a Canadian mattress company. In Osmond’s hometown, Marystown, Newfoundland, there is a skating rink named after her, called the Kaetlyn Osmond Arena. Marystown also gave her a key to the city, and named a street after her.
As of 2018, Osmond is still figure skating. Later this year, she will be featured in Stars on Ice Canada and Silver Blades, Newfoundland. Tickets can be purchased online for both events. She was one of the younger skaters on the Canadian Olympic team, and is expected to inspire and lead a new generation of Canadian figure skaters. Many of the Canadian Olympic skaters who participated in the 2018 games are veteran skaters, and will retire soon. The Peyongchang games were ice dance team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s and male figure skater Patrick Chan’s third Olympics. This makes Osmond’s position on the team all the more exciting and important. Keep up with Kaetlyn on Instagram, at instagram.com/kaetkiss, Twitter at twitter.com/kaetlyn_23 and on Facebook at facebook.com/KaetlynOsmondCFS. On Twitter, she promotes sponsorships and gives details about her upcoming competitions and shows. Her Facebook page has almost 50,000 followers and also gives details about her upcoming shows. There is also a Facebook page and Twitter account for Skate Canada that support all Canadian skaters.