The Olympic Figure Skater With Her Dog Rasquette
By The Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
Making it to the Olympics takes a lot of talent, hard work, heart, and dedication. For athletes in finesse sports, there is an added level of mental pressure to perform. Canadian Olympic Figure Skater Kaetlyn Osmond has the ultimate support from her pets, who never care how well she skates or notice any mistakes. The unconditional love from her ragdoll cat, Annie and Cockapoo, Rasquette, help keep her grounded as she prepares for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Kaetlyn has also teamed up with Olympian Michael Phelps, the proud owner of Frenchies Juno & Legend, in a campaign for Nulo Pet Food (available exclusively at PetSmart in Canada), a company that Phelps himself is an investor in, focused on pet nutrition. Having earned a World Silver Medalist title, she’s no stranger to elite competition, and took some time out of her crazy training schedule to chat with us about being a pet owner. Read on as we get to know Kaetlyn!
Hi Kaetlyn, thanks for chatting with us! We’re so curious, as a world class and Olympic athlete, what’s your training schedule like?
My schedule is very busy. I train as early as 7:00 am some days and as late as 7:00 pm some evenings. I train 5 days a week, which includes a combination of strength conditioning, ballet, yoga, physiotherapy, sports psychology, massage therapy, and three hours a day practicing on the ice.
Please tell us a bit about your pets. How did they come into your life? How did you choose their names?
I’m a big animal lover and have one cat and one dog. Annie is my 12-year-old cat who I got for my 10th birthday. She is a Ragdoll cat, so I named her after Raggedy Ann. She is super lazy and the perfect cuddle companion. Rasquette is my 11-month-old Cockapoo puppy who is a complete ball of energy. Her name is very fitting because she is a little rascal who gets into everything around the house. She is very playful when you want to play, but she has no problem curling up in your lap when you want to just lounge around.
How do you think being a pet owner helps with stress and the pressure of training?
Having pets is great because they allow me to take a mental break from training and competing. They don’t care if I skated well or won a competition or not. They only care that I play with them when I come home and make sure that their food dishes are full of Nulo Pet Food. Nothing can make me feel better after a long or challenging day than coming home to pets that are just always happy to see me.
How would you describe your personal style and your performance style for competitions?
I am usually relaxed and happy-go-lucky, and tend to be a bit quiet until I get to know you. When I’m on the ice, I am definitely more serious and assertive as this approach gives me the confidence I need to compete.
What does your ideal weekend look like if you get some down time?
When I have a weekend off, I like to spend my mornings with my pets watching tv or reading a book, and relaxing with my coffee. After that I really enjoy spending time with family and friends. Usually we’ll see a movie or go out for dinner. During the summer I like to to go camping during nice weekends.
What inspires you?
When I was younger, my sister was always my biggest inspiration. I wanted to be just like her. Now I’m most inspired when I am training at my hardest, eating my healthiest, and competing at my best.
Finally, can you leave us with a funny story about Rasquette or Annie?
Rasquette is an absolute klutz! On my hardwood floor she has zero grip so when I play fetch with her from one end of my condo to another, she just slides across the floor and uses a strategy of bouncing off the walls as a way to stop or to change direction.
You can watch Kaetlyn compete for Team Canada in Figure Skating at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games this February. We will be cheering as she skates for gold!