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Adelina Sotnikova Becomes First Russian Woman To Win Gold In Figure Skating

Defending Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea won the silver and Italy's Carolina Kostner finished third, taking home her country's first figure skating medal. Americans failed to medal.

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In a surprise upset, 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova of Russia edged out 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim to win gold in Sochi on Thursday. Sotnikova is the first Russian woman to win a gold medal in figure skating history.


South Korea's 23-year-old Yuna Kim, who took home the gold in Vancouver in 2010 and was the front-runner leading into the free skate event, performed well — landing all her jumps — but not well enough to capture a second gold.


Japan's Mao Asada, who won silver in 2010, scored higher than Kostner in the free skate, but her low short program score kept her off the podium. Mao nailed her program Thursday and began crying as she performed the final moves.