Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Yu-Na Kim of South Korea submitted a superb short program to put herself in a position to retain her women’s figure skating title at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The 23-year-old Kim garnered a score of 74.92 going into Thursday’s medal-deciding free program, with Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova in second with 74.64.
Italy’s Carolina Kostner, who won world gold in 2012, is third with 74.12 while Gracie Gold of the United States is fourth with 68.63.
Yulia Lipnitskaya, who helped Russia win team gold, fell during her routine and is in fifth while former silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan slipped to 16th after falling during her routine.
British skater Jenna McCorkell produced a clean routine but landed in 25th place, with only the top 24 going through to the free program.