Adelina Sotnikova WINS GOLD Short Program Ladies Figure Skating 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics REVIEW

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SOCHI, Russia — No one will ever question Adelina Sotnikova again. Not with that Olympic gold medal hanging around her neck.

Sotnikova got the ultimate satisfaction after being written off by pretty much her entire country, upsetting defending champion Yuna Kim and giving Russia its first Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating Thursday night.

And it wasn't even close, with Sotnikova's jumps carrying her to the title. She finished with 224.59 points, more than five points ahead of Kim (219.11). Carolina Kostner of Italy was third with 216.73 points.

Gracie Gold finished fourth, her medal hopes ending with a fall on her triple flip. Ashley Wagner was seventh and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds ninth -- in her first senior international competition. But the U.S. is still going home empty-handed in the individual events, failing to win a medal in either men's or women's for the first time since 1936.

There are sure to be howls of protest over Sotnikova's victory, especially after Kim skated a program looking cleaner and more polished. This is figure skating, after all, and it wouldn't be the first time a skater benefited from home cooking.

But skating is now a numbers game, and Sotnikova played it better.

Kim beat the Russian -- barely -- on the component marks, 74.50 to 74.41. But Sotnikova's program was more difficult, packed with jumps and high-value technical elements. She did seven triple jumps, five in combination, to six for Kim, only of which were in combination.

Sotnikova also got the maximum level 4s for all of her spins and footwork while Kim had Level 3s on one spin and one footwork sequence. Put it all together, and it was the difference between silver (a 69.69 technical score for Kim) and gold (75.54 for Sotnikova).

The Iceberg Skating Palace erupted when the marks for Kim, the final skater, were announced. The video board flashed to backstage, where Sotnikova was seen sprinting down a hallway and into the arms of her coaches.

Asked if she thought the results were fair, Kim said, "Well, the scores are given by the judges so I am not in the right position to comment on it. There's nothing that will change with my words. The most important thing for me is to participate in these Games. This was my last participation in the competition, so I'm happy with that."

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WINS GOLD Adelina Sotnikova Short Program Ladies Figure Skating 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
WINS GOLD Adelina Sotnikova Short Program Ladies Figure Skating 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
WINS GOLD Adelina Sotnikova Short Program Ladies Figure Skating 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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