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2014 Winter Olympics

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Canadian link to Olympic figure skating bronze medalist

Carolina Kostner
Carolina Kostner
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According to NBC Sports, Italian figure skating bronze medalist Carolina Kostner had a Canadian connection.

That is because her choreographer was Lori Nichol of Toronto, who has previously worked with Patrick Chan (who she coached from 2010 to 2012), Sasha Cohen, Michelle Kwan and Evan Lysacek.

Kostner performed to the music Bolero by Maurice Ravel.

Kostner had a score of 216.73 points, which was behind Russian gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova who had 224.59 points and reigning Olympic gold medalist Yu Na Kim of South Korea at 219.11 points.

There remains a lot of criticism that Sotnikova won the gold medal. According to Dick Button of the United States, who won the gold medal in men's figure skating at the 1948 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz and the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo, in a tweet published by USA Today, "Sotnikova was energetic, strong, commendable, but not a complete skater. I fear I will never be allowed back in Russia again." Also Christine Brennan of ESPN wrote, "there is no way Sotnikova should be ahead of Kostner, but she is. This is ridiculous."

However it appears Sotnikova had the highest grade of execution and the highest base difficulty, and that is the primary reason she was declared Olympic champion.

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