Agence France-PresseFebruary 22, 2014 06:30
Olympic champions Adelina Sotnikova and Julia Lipnitskaia were on Friday hailed by their Russian coaches as the future of women's figure skating.
Sotnikova, 17, beat reigning champion Kim Yu-Na of South Korea to become the first Russian woman to win the Olympic title after Lipnitskaia, 15, starred on her way to gold in the team event.
Kim, 23, took silver with Japan's 2010 silver medallist Mao Asada, also 23, finishing off the podium in fifth. Kim and Asada had been the stars of the Vancouver Games four years ago.