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Olympics: Russia's Sotnikova, Lipnitskaia future of skating

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.

Olympics: Sotnikova deserved gold, angry Russians insist

Adelina Sotnikova's coaches hit back Friday at suggestions the dramatic victory of Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion was the result of a voting stitch-up in favour of the Games hosts. The 17-year-old surged to her first major title ahead of South Korean defending champion Kim Yu-Na and Italy's Carolina Kostner on a night of drama and controversy at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

(Olympics) Experts, fans up in arms over Sochi figure skating judging

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- The stunning defeat of South Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-na in the ladies' singles competition at the Sochi Winter Games has left fans and experts, both at her home and abroad, up in arms about judging in one of the marquee events at the sporting event. Kim, the 2010 Olympic champ, fell shy of winning her second straight gold on Thursday in Russia, settling for silver with 219.11 points in total, 5.48 points behind the upstart Russian, Adelina Sotnikova.

(Olympics) Experts, fans up in arms over Sochi figure skating judging

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- The stunning defeat of South Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-na in the ladies' singles competition at the Sochi Winter Games has left fans and experts, both at her home and abroad, up in arms about judging in one of the marquee events at the sporting event. Kim, the 2010 Olympic champ, fell shy of winning her second straight gold on Thursday in Russia, settling for silver with 219.11 points in total, 5.48 points behind the upstart Russian, Adelina Sotnikova.

(Olympics) Experts, fans up in arms over Sochi figure skating judging

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- The stunning defeat of South Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-na in the ladies' singles competition at the Sochi Winter Games has left fans and experts, both at her home and abroad, up in arms about judging in one of the marquee events at the sporting event. Kim, the 2010 Olympic champ, fell shy of winning her second straight gold on Thursday in Russia, settling for silver with 219.11 points in total, 5.48 points behind the upstart Russian, Adelina Sotnikova.

Olympics: Sotnikova deserved gold, angry Russians insist

Adelina Sotnikova's coaches hit back Friday at suggestions the dramatic victory of Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion was the result of a voting fix in favour of the Winter Games' hosts. The 17-year-old surged to her first major title ahead of South Korean defending champion Kim Yu-Na and Italy's Carolina Kostner on a night of drama and controversy at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Olympics: Sotnikova deserved gold, angry Russians insist

Adelina Sotnikova's coaches hit back Friday at suggestions the dramatic victory of Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion was the result of a voting fix in favour of the Winter Games' hosts. The 17-year-old surged to her first major title ahead of South Korean defending champion Kim Yu-Na and Italy's Carolina Kostner on a night of drama and controversy at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Olympics: Asada bows out of Games with pride intact

Japan's Mao Asada bowed out of Olympic competition with her head held high, buoyed by a surge of support following a fall in her short programme that left her medal chances in tatters. Asada's bid to give Japan a second figure skating gold at the Sochi Games fell foul to her trademark triple Axel jump on Wednesday -- leaving her in 16th position after the first night of the competition.

Japan's sports minister plays down ex-PM Mori's remarks on Asada

Japan's sports minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday downplayed remarks by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori that were viewed as being critical of the country's star figure skater Mao Asada, who failed to win a medal at the Sochi Games. However, new Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe, who departed for Sochi the same day to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Games, called Mori's remarks troubling and said he intends to advise Mori to refrain from such comments in the future.

Olympics: Sotnikova skating gold whips up storm of protest

Adelina Sotnikova was celebrating becoming Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion as claims swirled Friday that the Games' hosts and not the skater had been awarded the gold medal. The 17-year-old surged to her first major title ahead of South Korean defending champion Kim Yu-Na and Italy's Carolina Kostner on a night of drama at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
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