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Russian Sotnikova Wins Gold, Kim 2nd

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February 20, 2014 AT 9:58 AM
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. Sotnikova was considered the host nation's Number 2 skater behind Julia Lipnitskaia, but she soared when her teammate struggled. Kim got silver, followed by Carolina Kostner of Italy for bronze. Lipnitskaia was fifth, American Gracie Gold finished fourth, Ashley Wagner seventh, and Polina Edmunds ninth.