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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Kaetlyn Osmond earns Sochi spot

Associated Press

OTTAWA, Ontario -- Kaetlyn Osmond won her second straight Canadian women's figure skating title Saturday to earn a spot in the Sochi Olympics.

Coming off ankle and hamstring injuries, the 18-year-old Osmond finished with 207.28 points. She did six triple jumps in the long program chronicling Cleopatra's rise to power.

"Very proud," Osmond said. "It's exactly what I wanted to do in this program. It's the first time I did an actual clean (long) program in competition so I'm super excited. I'm still in shock."

She had the second highest score in meet history, behind Joannie Rochette at 208.23 a month before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

"I think it's just confidence in knowing I can do what I can do, and knowing no matter what gets thrown at me, whether it's good or bad, I'll stay with a positive attitude and still stay focused and calm and able to skate," Osmond said. "That's a lot to do with my coach (Ravi Walia) because he's so calm and he reminds me when I have to focus and when I have to breathe, and other times when I have to just enjoy it and let whatever happens happen."

Fifteen-year-old Gabrielle Daleman passed Amelie Lacoste in the long program to finish second with 182.47.

"I was not expecting that score at all. Just seeing that mark and getting over the 180 just made my day," said the 5-foot Daleman, who will be 16 on Monday. "I feel just so excited seeing that I'm second and doors could be opened for me."

Lacoste was third with 166.69.

Canada has two women's berths in the Olympics. The team will be announced Sunday.

In pairs, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won with a meet-record 213.62 points. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch were second with 209.44, and Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers third at 176.31.