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Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Did Sotnikova deserve gold?

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The credibility of figure skating’s judging system was firmly under the microscope on Friday as experts tried to fathom exactly what Adelina Sotnikova had brought to the ice that enabled her to dethrone Kim Yuna as Olympic champion.

While the hosts of the Sochi Games rejoiced in hailing the teenager who had finally ended the motherland’s long search for a women’s champion, there was confusion, bewilderment and outrage outside Russia about a result that seemed steeped in bias.

Feb 21, 2014

Sotnikova wins, judging questioned

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – She was not even considered number one in her country but Adelina Sotnikova stormed out of the shadows of Julia Lipnitskaya to become the first Russian to win the Olympic women’s figure skating title at the Sochi Games on Thursday.

Sotnikova had been hovering so far in the background that when it came to potential Olympic champions, her name was not even in the mix with Lipnitskaya, 2010 champion Kim Yuna, 2012 world champion Carolina Kostner or Japanese heroine Mao Asada.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Roundup-Sotnikova wins, judging questioned

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – She was not even considered number one in her country but Adelina Sotnikova stormed out of the shadows of Julia Lipnitskaya to become the first Russian to win the Olympic women’s figure skating title at the Sochi Games on Thursday.

Sotnikova had been hovering so far in the background that when it came to potential Olympic champions, her name was not even in the mix with Lipnitskaya, 2010 champion Kim Yuna, 2012 world champion Carolina Kostner or Japanese heroine Mao Asada.

Feb 20, 2014

Sotnikova win raises judging questions

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – There had been rumblings for days that Russian figure skaters were being marked rather generously at the Sochi Olympics, judges seemingly awarding scores with their hearts rather than their heads after being carried on a wave of national euphoria.

Just how much the heart ruled the head became clear on Thursday when, amid deafening roars and frenzied cheers, Adelina Sotnikova became the first Russian to win the women’s title with a surprising free skate score of 149.95.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Sotnikova win raises judging questions

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – There had been rumblings for days that Russian figure skaters were being marked rather generously at the Sochi Olympics, judges seemingly awarding scores with their hearts rather than their heads after being carried on a wave of national euphoria.

Just how much the heart ruled the head became clear on Thursday when, amid deafening roars and frenzied cheers, Adelina Sotnikova became the first Russian to win the women’s title with a surprising free skate score of 149.95.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Sotnikova crowned champion but judging under scrutiny

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Adelina Sotnikova smashed her career best to become the first Russian to win the Olympic women’s figure skating title on Thursday, leaving defending champion Kim Yuna sobbing with silver and some neutrals questioning the contest’s scoring.

South Korea’s Kim had been favourite to join Norway’s Sonja Henie and Germany’s Katarina Witt as the only women to have won back-to-back Olympic titles but, despite delivering a flawless display, she lost her title by 5.48 points to Sotnikova.

Feb 20, 2014

Sotnikova ends Russian’s search for women’s champion

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Adelina Sotnikova upstaged 2010 gold medallist Kim Yuna to become Russia’s first Olympic women’s figure skating champion on Thursday.

The 17-year-old was all smiles after her total of 224.59 left her 5.48 points clear of South Korean silver medallist Kim. Italy’s Carolina Kostner took bronze.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Sotnikova ends Russian’s search for women’s champion

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Adelina Sotnikova upstaged 2010 gold medallist Kim Yuna to become Russia’s first Olympic women’s figure skating champion on Thursday.

The 17-year-old was all smiles after her total of 224.59 left her 5.48 points clear of South Korean silver medallist Kim. Italy’s Carolina Kostner took bronze.

Feb 19, 2014

Asada’s triple Axel gamble backfires

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – ‘Believe in Maoself’ read a sign high up in the stands at the Iceberg Skating Palace as Mao Asada glided on to the ice willing herself to perform that perfect skate that would set her on the path to glory at the Sochi Olympics.

Instead, within the opening seconds of her short program to Chopin’s ‘Nocturne’ on Wednesday, she had lost the fight as her gamble to attempt a triple Axel, a jump involving 3-1/2 rotations, went horribly wrong and left her flapping mindlessly through the rest of her routine.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Asada’s triple Axel gamble backfires

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – ‘Believe in Maoself’ read a sign high up in the stands at the Iceberg Skating Palace as Mao Asada glided on to the ice willing herself to perform that perfect skate that would set her on the path to glory at the Sochi Olympics.

Instead, within the opening seconds of her short programme to Chopin’s ‘Nocturne’ on Wednesday, she had lost the fight as her gamble to attempt a triple Axel, a jump involving 3-1/2 rotations, went horribly wrong and left her flapping mindlessly through the rest of her routine.