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02/22/2018 23:59 EST | Updated 02/23/2018 10:18 EST

Kaetlyn Osmond Wins Bronze In Women's Figure Skating At PyeongChang Olympics

Osmond wins Canada's 27th medal of these Games, a new all-time high at a winter Olympics.

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond has won a bronze medal in women's figure skating at the Winter Olympics.

The reigning world silver medallist from Marystown, N.L., skating to music from "Black Swan," scored 152.15 in her long program for a combined score of 231.02.

She was also third after the short program.

"Today I was absolutely terrified all day. I was nervous," said Osmond. "Usually I talk a lot. I didn't talk very much today. But it was really exciting and I felt more prepared than anything out on the ice."

Osmond's medal was historic as it boosted Canada's total in Pyeongchang to 27, an all-time high for the country at the Winter Games. It also ensured Canada of four figure skating medals — two gold and two bronze — a best-ever showing for the team. Their previous high was three from the 1988 Calgary Games and the Sochi Olympics four years ago.

Russia's Alina Zagitova, just 15 years old, scored a combined 239.57 to capture gold. Teammate and reigning world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia won silver with 238.26 points.

Osmond, 22, who almost quit skating after breaking her leg in a training accident in 2014, nailed her long program, landing seven triples jumps. Her only mishap was a slight bobble on a triple Lutz.

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Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond reacts her free skate at the women's figure skating competition.

Canada hadn't won an Olympic medal in women's singles since Joannie Rochette claimed bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games just days after her mom died of a heart attack.

It was a disastrous day for Gabrielle Daleman, who was seventh after the short program. The 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., fell three times — on her opening triple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, her triple Lutz, and triple flip.

Daleman, who won bronze at last year's world championships, was deducted 4.00 points for the falls

Osmond and Daleman will be looked to as leaders of Canadian team that will have to rebuild after these Olympics. Among those retiring are ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won double gold in Pyeongchang, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, and two-time world pairs champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who captured bronze.

Osmond and Daleman, along with the retiring veterans, claimed gold in the team event to open these Games.

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