Down, But Never Out

“The West Edmonton Mall is crowded on this brisk Thursday morning, and in the middle of all the shopping, a world championship silver medallist skates to the tune of “Santa Baby.” Dressed in black, save for brand new white figure skates lined with fake diamonds, Kaetlyn Osmond lands an effortless toe loop, shakes her shoulders and then mouths “hurry down the chimney tonight” along with Madonna. Osmond has been skating at the Ice Palace, the rink you’ll find in the biggest mall on this continent, since she was 10. It feels like home, she says, even if conditions aren’t exactly ideal: Sun shining through skylights used to cause melting during summer months.”

Kristina Rutherford – Sportsnet – February 2018


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