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Figure Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's Singles

Figure Skating at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Iceberg Skating Palace, Adler
Date Started: February 19, 2014
Date Finished: February 20, 2014
Format: Total of points from short program and free skating.

Gold: RUS Adelina Sotnikova
Silver: KOR Yu-Na Kim
Bronze: ITA Carolina Kostner

Summary

Yu-Na Kim was the defending champion and considered the favorite but she was in an unusual position. She had rarely lost since Vancouver but after winning the 2013 World Championship, took a sabbatical and came to Sochi somewhat untested of late. If she did not win, the Russian crowd looked to 15-year-old hyper-flexible wunderkind Yuliya Lipnitskaya, who had recently won the European Championship and Skate Canada and had wowed the crowd with her performance during the team trophy competition in Sochi. Japan’s Mao Asada, the 2010 silver medalist, was also given consideration for the Olympic title.

In the short program, Kim showed she had little rust from the lay-off, skating ethereally, so much so that one Olympic writer tweeted, “Her skating would have made a lumberjack cry.” She led, but barely over Russia’s little known Adelina Sotnikova, with Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the 2012 World Champion but a veteran looking for her first Olympic medal, in third. Lipnitskaya struggled in the short and was only in fifth place, while Asada skated terribly for her, placing 16th, and ending her medal hopes.

Sotnikova had been runner-up at the 2013 and 2014 European Championships, and had been 2011 World Junior Champion, but had never skated at the World Championships or Olympics, and the gold medal seemed to be conceded to Kim. In the free skate she performed last and again skated beautifully, with no major flaws. But Sotnikova won the free skate and defeated Kim for the gold medal, by a fairly comfortable margin, presumably based on greater difficulty in her free skate, which included a triple Lutz-triple toe loop and a double axel-triple toe loop combination. Kostner took the bronze medal. Asada redeemed herself with a beautiful free skate that moved her up to sixth place overall.

After the competition there was some minor controversy about the judging, with fans and some experts claiming the result was flawed because of Russian bias. It appeared to die out quickly but then one month after the Olympics ended, the Korean Skating Federation protested the result to the International Skating Union (ISU), claiming prejudice on the judging panel, which had several judges from former Soviet republics.

Kim retired from Olympic-style competition after the Olympics ended. Lipnitskaya finished in fifth place, behind American Gracie Gold. For the first time since 1936 at the Olympics, no American man or woman won a medal in singles competition.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Adelina Sotnikova 17 Russia RUS Gold 224.59
2 Yu-Na Kim 23 South Korea KOR Silver 219.11
3 Carolina Kostner 26 Italy ITA Bronze 216.73
4 Gracie Gold 18 United States USA 205.53
5 Yuliya Lipnitskaya 15 Russia RUS 200.57
6 Mao Asada 23 Japan JPN 198.22
7 Ashley Wagner 22 United States USA 193.20
8 Akiko Suzuki 28 Japan JPN 186.32
9 Polina Edmunds 15 United States USA 183.25
10 Mae Berenice Meite 19 France FRA 174.53
11 Valentina Marchei 27 Italy ITA 173.33
12 Kanako Murakami 19 Japan JPN 170.98
13 Kaetlyn Osmond 18 Canada CAN 168.98
14 Li Zijun 17 China CHN 168.30
15 Zhang Kexin 18 China CHN 154.21
16 Kim Hae-Jin 16 South Korea KOR 149.48
17 Gabrielle Daleman 16 Canada CAN 148.44
18 Nathalie Weinzierl 19 Germany GER 147.36
19 Elene Gedevanishvili 24 Georgia GEO 147.15
20 Brooklee Han 18 Australia AUS 143.84
21 Park So-Yeon 16 South Korea KOR 142.97
22 Alžběta Ukolová 15 Czech Republic CZE 136.42
23 Anne Line Gjersem 20 Norway NOR 134.54
24 Nicole Rajičová 18 Slovakia SVK 125.00
25 r1/2 Jenna McCorkell 27 Great Britain GBR 48.34
26 r1/2 Kerstin Frank 25 Austria AUT 48.00
27 r1/2 Viktoria Helgesson 25 Sweden SWE 47.84
28 r1/2 Nataliya Popova 20 Ukraine UKR 47.42
29 r1/2 Jelena Glebova 24 Estonia EST 46.19
30 r1/2 Isadora Williams 17 Brazil BRA 40.37