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Topic - Carolina Kostner
Mao Asada of Japan topped the free skate on Saturday to capture her third world figure skating title.
Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has happened at the Olympics before, and now it's happened at Sochi after Adelina Sotnikova skated away with the gold medal, the first for a Russian woman in the individual event.
Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining.
Kim got silver, followed by Carolina Kostner of Italy for bronze. Kim was trying to be the first repeat winner of the women's gold since Katarina Witt in 1988.
Adelina Sotnikova won the women's figure skating gold medal at the Sochi Olympics pretty much because of one extra triple jump.
Russia's cupboard was so bare of world-class female figure skaters that the sport's most dominant nation had to turn to the kids a few years ago.
Yuna Kim, the defending champion from South Korea won the short program Wednesday night at the Sochi Games in something resembling a photo finish. But it wasn't Russian youngster Julia Lipnitskaia on her heels.
Anxiety and energy. Conviction and courage.
Yuna Kim sighed when she drew the ball with the No. 24 out of the bag.
Like rock stars or Brazilian soccer players, the top women figure skaters often are referred to by just their first names - Yuna, Mao, Carolina, Gracie - and Olympic success will only swell the ranks of their devoted followers.
Every time Yuna Kim has taken the ice in Sochi, the cameras have been flickering at Olympic-record speeds. Kim, known to her many fans worldwide as "Queen Yuna," is competing in what she said will be her final Olympics, and some believe she will win her second gold medal.
Defending Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea will skate 17th in a field of 30 in the short program Wednesday at the Sochi Games.
Like old times, Russia is dominating Olympic figure skating.
Adelina Sotnikova and Julia Lipnitskaia gave Russia a 1-2 lead after the women's short program at the European figure skating championships on Wednesday.
"It was the first time for me to skate it in competition," Kostner said. "When the music started, I felt just like the fog went away."
Kostner, who at 26 is among the older competitors and has won the European Championship five times dating back to 2007, said she was still experiencing some of the back pain and strong headaches which made her withdraw from some events before the Europeans.