The ladies’ Olympic short program begins from Sochi at 8 a.m. MT Wednesday with three-time Olympian Elena Glebova from Estonia opening the competition. The following is a breakdown of the major athletes to watch in order of skate time, which begins with Kim Yu Na, who will be 17th of the 30 ladies.
17. Kim Yu Na (South Korea): Age 23, defending world and Olympic champion, she suffered a metatarsal injury in her right foot in September and did not skate in the Grand Prix season, dropping her to 29th in the world rankings. 2006 world junior champion, also won world championship in 2009, with silvers in 2010 and 2011 and bronze in 2007 and 2008.
20. Kanako Murakami (Japan): Age 19, Won Four Continents title earlier this month, silver at Japanese championships, fourth at 2013 world championships, 2010 world junior champion, ranked seventh in the world.
22. Gracie Gold (USA): Age 18, U.S. champion, sixth at 2013 Worlds, 2012 world junior silver medalist, third at Skate Canada, ranked 11th in world.
24. Akiko Suzuki (Japan): Age 28, won first Japanese title this season, eighth at 2010 Olympics, 2012 world bronze medalist, 12th at 2013 Worlds, second at Skate Canada, third at NHK Trophy, will retire at end of season.
25. Yulia Lipnitskaya (Russia): Age 15, already carried her host country to gold in the team event, European champion, second on the Grand Prix after winning Skate Canada at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, ranked third in the world, 2012 world junior champion and won silver last year.
26. Carolina Kostner (Italy): Age 27, the No. 1 ranked skater in the world in her third Olympics, where she was ninth in 2006 and 16th in 2010, five-time European champion and won the bronze this year, 2012 world champion, world silver medalist in 2008 and 2013 and bronze medalist in 2005 and 2011.
27. Ashley Wagner (USA): Age 22, fifth at 2013 Worlds, ranked fourth in the world after finishing third in the Grand Prix Final with a win at Trophee Eric Bompard and was second at Skate America, two-time U.S. champion was fourth at Nationals in 2014.
28. Mae Berenice Meite (France): Age 19, fifth at European championships, 11th at 2013 Worlds, ranked ninth in the world.
29. Adelina Sotnikova (Russia): Age 17, European silver medalist, fifth on the Grand Prix, ninth at 2013 Worlds, 2011 world junior champion, ranked sixth in the world, will skate to “Carmen.”
30. Mao Asada (Japan): Age 23, defending Olympic silver medalist, ranked second in the world, six-time Japanese champion but won bronze this season. Two-time world champion (2008 and 2010), 2007 world silver medalist, defending world bronze medalist, 2013 Four-Continents champion, two-time defending Grand Prix champion and won Skate America and the NHK Trophy this season, 2005 world junior champion, will retire after the Olympics.
Also of note, two 16-year old Korean skaters join Kim Yu Na. Park So Youn (ninth at Four Continents) skates second and Kim Hae Jin (sixth at Four Continents) 11th.
Polina Edmunds, the 15-year-old U.S. silver medalist skates 12th, and two-time defending Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond, who was eighth at Worlds in London last year, skates eighth.