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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.

Feb 19, 2014

Kim soars as Lipnitskaya crashes in Winter Olympics

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Kim Yuna showed the world why she, and not a 15-year-old Russian upstart, is known as “Ice Queen” as the Olympic champion soared above her rivals and Julia Lipnitskaya crashed to earth at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday.

A women’s competition billed as a three-way race to the finish, featuring Kim, Lipnitskaya and Mao Asada as the main protagonists, ended with the South Korean the only one left standing following a dramatic short programme.

Feb 19, 2014

Kim soars as Lipnitskaya crashes

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The highly-anticipated battle between Olympic champion Kim Yuna and Julia Lipnitskaya looked all but over after the 15-year-old Russian sensation crumbled under the pressure in the short programme at the Sochi Games on Wednesday.

Kim drew roars of approval with her elegant and mesmerizing performance to ‘Send in the Clowns’, but Lipnitskaya left the crowd in stunned silence as she crashed to the ice on a triple flip.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Kim soars as Lipnitskaya crashes

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The highly-anticipated battle between Olympic champion Kim Yuna and Julia Lipnitskaya looked all but over after the 15-year-old Russian sensation crumbled under the pressure in the short programme at the Sochi Games on Wednesday.

Kim drew roars of approval with her elegant and mesmerizing performance to ‘Send in the Clowns’, but Lipnitskaya left the crowd in stunned silence as she crashed to the ice on a triple flip.

Feb 18, 2014

Moir accuses coach Zoueva of ‘not being in our corner’

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – There had been rumblings that all was not well in an ‘ice-dance marriage’ involving five people and on Tuesday Canadian Scott Moir poured his heart out about how coach Marina Zoueva had let him and Tessa Virtue down in the build-up to the Olympics.

Moir and Virtue, the 2010 Vancouver champions, have been training under Zoueva’s creative eye for over a decade.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Moir accuses coach Zoueva of ‘not being in our corner’

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – There had been rumblings that all was not well in an ‘ice-dance marriage’ involving five people and on Tuesday Canadian Scott Moir poured his heart out about how coach Marina Zoueva had let him and Tessa Virtue down in the build-up to the Olympics.

Moir and Virtue, the 2010 Vancouver champions, have been training under Zoueva’s creative eye for over a decade.