Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first ever women’s Olympic figure skating gold with an outstanding performance in the free skating final Thursday at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The 17-year-old Sotnikova garnered a score of 149.95 in the free skating final for a total of 224.59 to take the title from defending champion Kim Yu-Na of South Korea.
“The atmosphere was wonderful. I felt something amazing coming from the crowd. I could hear shouts and screams the whole time of ‘keep going Adelina’, and ‘you can do it’. I just couldn’t skate badly.” said Sotnikova.
Kim, who recorded 74.92 in the short program, scored just 144.19 in the free skate to settle for silver with a total score of 219.11.
Italy’s Carolina Kostner bagged the bronze medal with a total score of 216.73.
Kim had been bidding to become just the third woman to win back-to-back titles after Norway’s Sonja Henie, triple winner between 1928 and 1936, and Germany’s Katarina Witt in 1984 and 1988.