February 20

Russian Sotnikova wins gold in women’s free skate

American figure skaters were kept off the podium, with American Gracie Gold finishing fourth, Ashley Wagner seventh and Polina Edmunds ninth.

The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating with a stunning upset of defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea on Thursday at the Sochi Games.

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Adelina Sotnikova of Russia competes in the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

The Associated Press

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Ashley Wagner of the United States competes in the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

The Associated Press

Sotnikova was considered the host nation’s No. 2 skater behind Julia Lipnitskaia, but she soared when her teammate struggled.

Kim got silver, followed by Carolina Kostner of Italy for bronze. Kim was trying to be the first repeat winner of the women’s gold since Katarina Witt in 1988.

Lipnitskaia was fifth.

American Gracie Gold finished fourth, Ashley Wagner seventh and Polina Edmunds ninth.

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