Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Osmond Undecided about Skating Return; Looking Forward to Time off on Her Terms

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Osmond Undecided about Skating Return; Looking Forward to Time off on Her Terms

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Osmond looking forward to break on her terms

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For once, Kaetlyn Osmond is taking a break because she wants to.

Canada's world figure skating champion is skipping the ISU Grand Prix circuit next fall as she ponders her future, and enjoys some time away from the competitive rink. She's not entirely sure whether she'll return, she'll make that decision in the coming months.

"I'm still leaving everything open, my head right now is just focused on this (break)," Osmond said.

But coming off a four-year stretch that has seen the 22-year-old from Marystown, N.L., sidelined for months at a time due to serious injury, Osmond enjoying being in the driver's seat for a change.

"It feels really good," she said. "This is the first time since I've taken more than a full week off in I don't know how many years."

Osmond won bronze in women's singles at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and helped Canada win gold in the team event. A month later, at the world championships in Milan, Osmond captured Canada's first women's world gold in 45 years.

But she barely had time to soak it in. She flew straight from Italy to Japan's "Stars on Ice" tour, and had been on tour in Japan and then Canada until last week, which she spent enjoying an "incredible and very much-needed" vacation in the Dominican Republic.

"It's been very busy doing shows, which has absolutely been an incredible way to celebrate for me, and I was enjoying every single moment of it," Osmond said.

Osmond, who lives and trains in Sherwood Park, Alta., said her excellent -- and somewhat unexpected -- season left her with a lot to think about.

"My goal was 2018 for the longest time and for the last couple of years I really focused on each competition, and being able to do well and do my best in each competition, and when worlds ended, so much more happened this season than I ever could expect, winning worlds and medalling at the Olympics twice," Osmond said. "So it was just a lot happening . . . and I just need time to refocus now."

With the 2020 Beijing Olympics still four years away, there's no better time to take a break.

"The next Olympics is a lot of time from now. …

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