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Russia’s Sotnikova Upsets 2010 Champion Kim in Figure Skating

Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova upset defending Olympic champion Kim Yuna in women’s figure-skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Sotnikova, 17, scored 224.59 points, to the South Korean’s 219.11, while Carolina Kostner was third with 216.73, taking Italy’s first Olympic figure skating medal in singles.

The Russian 17-year-old ran through the corridors of the Iceberg arena hugging coaches and friends after the results were announced. She finished 9th at the 2013 World Championships and was second in the European Championships the last two years. She dethroned Kim, a 23-year-old Olympic and two-time world champion who returned from a foot injury in December.

“I smashed my season’s best,” Sotnikova told reporters. “In fact, I smashed my highest score for my whole career and I did it at the Olympics. I didn’t think I could skate like I did today. The atmosphere was wonderful. I felt something amazing coming from the crowd. I could hear shouts and screams the whole time of ’keep going Adelina’, and ’you can do it’. I just couldn’t skate badly.”

Kim, who has said this is her last Olympics, started the session with a lead coming out of last night’s short program. She was the last to skate and needed 149.68 to win.

Last night, Kim had a score of 74.92, to Sotnikova’s 74.64. Kostner was in third, with 74.12. Crowd-favorite Yulia Lipnitskaya, a Russian 15-year-old, tumbled last night and again tonight and ended with a score of 200.57.

To contact the reporters on this story: Christopher Elser in Sochi at celser@bloomberg.net; Ben Priechenfried in London at bprie@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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