Figure Skating

CBC Sports - Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013 13:04 ET

Kaetlyn Osmond withdraws from Russian Grand Prix

Figure skater focusing on pre-Sochi recovery

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Injuries have plagued Canadian figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond this season. (Darron Cummings/Associated Press)

Canadian figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond has withdrawn from the Rostelecom Cup in Russia, Skate Canada announced Tuesday.

The event is scheduled for Nov. 21-24.

Injuries have plagued Osmond for most of the season. The 17-year-old from Marystown, N.L., had to withdraw from October’s Skate Canada International event following her short program because of a hamstring injury. Osmond also missed the previous three weeks due to a foot injury. 

“It was a difficult decision, but Kaetlyn and her coach felt it was important to get back to a full training regimen to be prepared for the next events in the season,” said Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada’s high performance director.

Osmond, who was sidelined for all of September with a stress reaction — a precursor to a stress fracture — was fifth in the short program at Skate Canada. 

But she woke up the following with pain in her hamstring, and could barely put any weight on her leg during the morning practice session.

Osmond burst onto the international scene last season when she won Skate Canada before capturing the 2013 Canadian figure skating title.

With files from The Canadian Press

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