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Figure skating finale: Gala exhibition event entertains Sochi Winter Olympics

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Gracie Gold, Yuna Kim, Adelina Sotnikova, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White were among the figure skaters featured Saturday on NBC’s final primetime coverage before the closing ceremonies. The Gala Exhibition is the traditional event at every Winter Olympics.

It showcases medalists and other finalists in figure skating without judges, rules, and restrictions. Here they can have fun and be creative in music selections, choreography, costume choices, and props. In a nutshell, it’s like watching the Stars on Ice at the Olympics.

NBCSN commentators were on hand this time for the festivities. They included the fabulous duo of 1998 gold medalist Tara Lipinski; along with Olympian and national champion Johnny Weir.

It’s no wonder they’ve received rave reviews for their spot on expertise and soothing voices. This was a pleasant change of pace from the previous old schoolers throughout the competition.

The true highlights from the Gala came from South Korea’s Yuna Kim, still affectionately known as Queen Yuna, and ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Yuna skated to John Lennon’s “Imagine” covered by Avril Lavigne. Her passionate and emotional performance could be felt by all who was there on her final Olympic skate.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated to a Russian classical composition specifically recorded for their farewell performance. They still proved their amazing consistency throughout the Sochi Olympics.

Gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova came out with two giant flags channeling her inner butterfly. Even her costume resembled a brightly colored swallowtail. At one part Adelina skated over her flag and quickly recovered. It was a very different presentation with these flags, though a bit over the top at times.

Gracie Gold opened the broadcast with her jazz routine, appropriately to Catherine Zeta Jones’ “All That Jazz” from the film score of “Chicago.” Gracie even included a hat midway into her program. This was all in honor of her hometown.