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Sotnikova beats Kim to take women's figure skating gold

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2/20/2014 2:05:50 PM
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Sochi, Russia - Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won women's figure skating gold at the Sochi Olympics, edging South Korea's Kim Yuna for the title on Thursday night.

Sotnikova trailed the 2010 Olympic champion by just .28 points after the short program on Wednesday, but had a brilliant free skate on Thursday. She earned a top score of 149.95 for a two-day total of 224.59.

Kim, skating last on Thursday, earned a free skate score of 144.19 for a total of 219.11 to claim a silver medal. She was trying to become the first women's figure skater to win consecutive Olympic gold medals since Katarina Witt in 1984 and 1988.

Italy's Carolina Kostner placed third to earn a bronze medal in her third Olympics. She was ninth in the 2006 Games and 16th four years ago in Vancouver.

Adelina Sotnikova (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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