By Robyn Doolittle
Ryerson fans and teammates exploded when Lauren Gosnell landed her final double sow, making two revolutions in the air and landing on her right foot. For the first time in recent history a Ryerson figure skater brought home the gold.
Gosnell, 18, skated against a talented group of girls.
But besides one two-footed landing, she skated cleanly and consistently throughout.
“When I stepped off the ice I was relieved. It wasn’t like usual when you’re dying, it was exciting, I had a lot of fun.”
This is Gosnell’s rookie season with the varsity skating team, and she plans to continue for the remainder of her RTA degree.
“There’s so much support for everyone on the team. It was a great feeling when I landed my last jump and everyone just screamed.”
The competition was held last weekend at Queen’s University in Kingston.
Overall, the team finished seventh, out of 11 competing universities. Team manager Jackie Frank is very pleased with Ryerson’s final placing.
“There’s so much room to grow there,” he said.
Team assistant captain Emily Bosomworth brought home a silver medal for Ryerson in dance.
She has won silver for several years in a row.
The final placings are based on a point system in which the first, second and third place rankings earn 10, seven and five points respectively. The fourth, fifth and sixth earn minimal points for the team.
A synchronized skating event will debut in the new year and despite some coaching problems the team’s routine is now coming along well. One of the team’s skaters with experience in synchro took over the choreography and precision coaching in late October.
“There are several girls on the team who could easily bring home a medal,” Bosomworth said. “I definitely see a top five finish for Ryerson this year.”