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Sochi Winter Olympics: Russia wins first gold medal in ladies figure skating

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Ladies’ singles figure skating ended on a surprising note Thursday night during NBC’s highlighted primetime coverage. Once again they saved this popular Winter Olympic event till last. At least with real time Olympic events you know when it begins, without sitting through other features.

The reigning gold medalist from Vancouver, Yuna Kim of South Korea, was dethroned to make room for a new queen. Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, 17, skated a clean technical free skate, while bringing the Iceberg Skating Palace venue to its feet.

Sotnikova received the most points in her long program to give Russia its first gold medal in the ladies discipline. The host country has now won at least one or more gold medals in pairs, mens, ice dance, and ladies.

Silver medalist Yuna Kim once again was pure perfection on ice. One of the NBC commentators alluded to her program being better than Vancouver’s four years ago. One of the most dramatic performances of the night had to be from Italy’s Carolina Kostner. The 27-year-old Olympic veteran showcased her maturity with a passionate routine to Ravel’s “Bolero.” Kostner finally made it to the podium with a bronze medal.

Team USA was shut out for a medal in a second consecutive Winter Olympics. Gracie Gold was stunning, even when she fell once. Ashley Wagner was remarkable all the way through her program.