Kaetlyn Osmond stumbles, Canada still earns silver in team figure skating
Places 5th in ladies' free, Russia locks down gold
Kaetlyn Osmond stumbled, but her Canadian teammates picked her up in the team figure skating event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday.
Osmond, of Marystown, N.L., fell in the middle of her routine and placed fifth in the ladies' free skate at Iceberg Skating Palace (110.73 points), but that was all the Canadians needed after a strong performance by Kevin Reynolds in the men's free earlier Sunday secured a silver medal.
Osmond readily admitted it wasn't her best performance, but she is using it as a motivator for the ladies' short program on Feb. 19 (streaming at Olympics.cbc.ca, 10 a.m. ET).
"It wasn't perfect, but it's exactly where I wanted to be," she said. "Now I have something to improve on for the individual events.
"I fought through it. When I made the first mistake, I thought 'It's okay, it's not the end of the world, but no more mistakes now."
Reynolds scored 167.92, after replacing Patrick Chan who was third in the men's short program Thursday.
The stumble came after the 18-year-old was singled out for random drug testing while she rested after practice, just a few hours before she competed.
"I know Kaetlyn, I know she likes to sleep. It's a bit of a rarity for the day of," said her parents Jackie and Jeff, who watched their daughter with her skating club in Edmonton this morning.
"We've never heard of that in all these competitions, so. Yeah it's very strange for that time of day."
Seven of the 17 members of the figure skating team have reportedly been tested since arriving in Sochi - including two at midnight the day they arrived.
Skate Canada's high performance director Mike Slipchuk says he's concerned over the high number and the timing of the tests. He has brought the issue up with the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Jackie Osmond said it was hard to see her daughter tumble.
"It was a little difficult because the lutz has been so consistent for her. But when they did the replay it was totally not her fault, it was just a fluke. So she's not even going to worry about that fall. She'll just bounce right back."
Russia was guaranteed gold after a sensational skate by teenage phenom Yulia Lipnitskaya, who pleased the partisan crowd and dominated her competition with a first-place score of 141.51.
The 15-year-old Lipnitskaya was nearly flawless in securing the gold for her country, building off a strong performance by fellow Russian Evgeni Plushenko in the men's free skate.
Plushenko called the youngster "a genius," while she was just happy she could contribute for her country.
"I was calm," Lipnitskaya said. "I'm happy with my marks, the scores overall, for the team and for all of Russia. I am so pleased all the country could help me."
Lipnitskaya boasts an impressive resume this season.
The reigning European figure skating champion, she also won the Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup and Skate Canada this season.
Locking up bronze
The Americans locked up bronze after a phenomenal performance by Gracie Gold, who was replacing Ashley Wagner (who competed in the short program). Gold's score of 129.38 was good enough for second in the event.
Italy's Valentina Marchei (112.51) and Akiko Suzuki (112.33) of Japan, were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Russia's 67 points made it mathematically impossible for Canada (56 points) to take them down in the ice dance free, in which Americans Charlie White and Meryl Davis set a world record with a score of 114.34. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada placed second (107.56).
After the ice dance competition -- the final event -- the Russians had accumulated 75 total points, Canada had 65 and the Americans earned 60.
The new team event included one entry in each of the four disciplines from the top 10 countries in the world. Each country was fielding a competitor in men’s and ladies’ singles, pairs and ice dance. The top five countries after the short programs moved on to the long programs, while placement points were handed out to the athletes.
First-place finishers earned 10 points, and second-place competitors get nine points, etc., with the highest combined totals earning medals.
-- With files from The Associated Press