Kaetlyn Osmond ended Canada's lengthy drought at the world figure skating championships.
The 22-year-old from Marystown, N.L., won the women's singles crown Friday in Milan, Italy, scoring 150.50 points for her Black Swan routine to finish with 223.23 points overall. Osmond stood fourth following the short program Wednesday.
"This feels unbelievable for me," said Osmond. "Being world champion is something I never expected.
"I was fighting to skate clean and fighting to hit the podium."
Zagitova fell on her very first jumping pass. And then she fell two more times after that. Forget winning—Zagitova wasn’t even going to medal. She was already in fourth place with one skater, Kostner, left to go. She would eventually end up in fifth. In the span of one month, Zagitova went from best in the world to off the medal podium.
The way seemed clear for Kostner to close out her remarkable career in front a home crowd and become the oldest ladies world champion in history. It would’ve been the perfect end to her long career.
But Kostner also failed to deliver, falling once and missing a critical jump combination. Like Zagitova, she didn’t just miss out on the gold; she didn’t even get a medal. She fell from first to fourth.
The winner ended up being Osmond, the Olympic bronze medalist and the 2017 world silver medalist. She started her long program in fourth place, which was certainly in striking distance of a medal but it didn’t seem likely that she’d end up with the gold.
But she hit, which is something the three skaters ranked ahead of her after the short hadn’t been able to do. With the exception of one step out of a jump, she skated the rest of her Swan Lake program almost flawlessly to go into first ahead of Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi, who also skated brilliantly.
Five skaters later, after falls from Zagitova, Kostner, and Satoko Miyahara, Osmond was still in first. This win makes her the first Canadian woman to win a world title since Karen Magnussen did it in 1973.
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Olympic figure skating champions Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany set a world record as they claimed their first world title as a pair with a flawless program packed with daring and grace on Thursday.
The silver went to Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia skating fast, even if at times faltering, in eye-popping yellow polka dots to Christina Aguilera's "Candyman," and the bronze to Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France, who kept their nerves and nailed the rest of their program after she fell badly on an early triple throw.