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Osmond suddenly thrust into spotlight

Surprise winner in first Grand Prix event

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WINDSOR, Ont. -- Kaetlyn Osmond barely stopped smiling as she signed autographs, posed for pictures, and talked to reporters Saturday.

The Canadian teenager found herself in the spotlight after capturing gold at Skate Canada International in her first-ever Grand Prix appearance -- and she didn't mind it at all.

"Not used to it. But definitely could get used to it," she said laughing.

The 16-year-old from Marystown, N.L., was virtually unknown before she won a surprise bronze at the Canadian championships last winter. Saturday, she fell once on her triple Lutz but skated an otherwise strong program to Carmen to win gold among a world-class field.

It was a good start to the day for the Canadian team, as Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won silver in the pairs. Patrick Chan and ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated their free programs later Saturday.

Osmond, looking older than her years in red dress and dark red lipstick, scored 115.89 for her Carmen rendition, and 176.45 overall. Reigning world bronze medallist Akiko Suzuki was second with 175.16, while Japanese teammate Kanako Murakami was third with 168.04.

Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia, the leader after Friday's short program, had an error-filled long program to fall to fifth. Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., finished eighth.

Osmond grew up in Marystown -- population just over 5,000 -- but by the age of six was already travelling to Montreal in the summers to train.

"It was definitely a town where not many people lived and there was one rink that was only open in the winter, and a pool that was only open in the summer," Osmond said.

She moved to Edmonton when she was 10 after her parents got jobs there.

At this time last year she was barely on Skate Canada's radar.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 28, 2012 B16

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