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Ten Women Figure Skaters Who Were Watched at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Remembering Olympic Figure Skating 2014

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The 2014 Olympics took place in Sochi, Russia from February 6, 2014 through February 22, 2014. This is a list of some of the female figure skaters who were watched during the Winter Olympic Games. 

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Adelina Sotnikova - Russia

Adelina Sotnikova - 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
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Although the 2014 Winter Olympics takes place in Russia, only two ladies from Russia were sent to the 2014 Games.  Adelina Sotnikova won silver at the 2013 European Figure Skating Championships and is considered her country's best female figure skater.  

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Sotnikova won the Olympic figure skating title and became the first Russian lady to win Olympic figure skating gold.

Kim Yu-Na - South Korea

Kim Yu-Na Celebrates Her Olympic Victory
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Kim Yu-Na is the 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Champion.  She was the favorite to win Olympic gold in Sochi. She returned to competitive skating in 2013 and returned with full force.  Some say that "Queen Yu-Na" is unbeatable.  At the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, she scored more than ten points ahead of the silver medal winner, Carolina Kostner.  She won Olympic silver in Sochi. 

Gracie Gold - USA

Gracie Gold
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US figure skater and 2014 US Ladies Figure Skating Champion Gracie Gold rose to the top of the competition scene quickly.  After winning the US junior title in 2012, she went on to win the US ladies silver medal in 2013 and placed 6th at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.  She is considered by some as America's hope for figure skating since her jumping ability is consistent and comes easily and also, she is a beautiful artistic skater.  She placed 4th in Sochi.

Carolina Kostner - Italy

Carolina Kostner
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Carolina Kostner of Italy is the 2012 World Figure Skating Champion.  After winning "Worlds" she considered retiring from competitive skating, but changed her mind and made the decision to continue training for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.  She won silver at the World Figure Skating Championships in 2013 behind 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Kim Yu-Na who made a comeback with the goal of winning a second Olympic gold medal in 2014.  Kostner won Olympic bronze in Sochi.  

Ashley Wagner - USA

Ashley Wagner
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Two-time U.S. Figure Skating Champion Ashley Wagner placed 5th at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships and came in 4th in 2012. She was at first considered America's best hope to win a medal in Sochi, but placed 7th in the ladies Olympic individual figure skating competition.  With other figure skaters from Team USA, Wagner won the bronze medal in the Olympic Team Trophy figure skating event on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Polina Edmunds - USA

Polina Edmunds
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Polina Edmunds finished second at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  The fifteen year old from San Jose, Calfornia won the U.S. Junior Ladies figure skating title in 2013.  Edmunds first experience at the championship senior level was at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.   She placed second in both the short program and free skate which earned her a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team.

Mao Asada - Japan

Mao Asada - 2010 Olympics
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Mao Asada of Japan is the 2010 Olympic figure skating silver medalist and is the 2008 and 2010 World Figure Skating Champion.  She is known for being able to do a triple Axel and landed three triple Axels at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.  A cross-grab Bielmann is considered Mao Asada's signature move.  Due to a disastrous short program, Asada did not win a medal in Sochi, but won the hearts of fans around the world when she skated a near perfect free skate performance that included her famous triple Axel.  She pulled up from 16th place to a 6th place overall final placement.

 

Julia Lipnitskaia - Russia

Julia Lipnitskaia
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Julia Lipnitskaia is the youngest ever ladies European figure skating champion.  She won that title just a month before the 2014 Olympic Games when she was only fifteen years old. She is also the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Champion.   Her scores and outstanding performances helped Russia win gold at the 2014 Olympic Team figure skating event in Sochi.  

Akiko Suzuki - Japan

Akiko Suzuki
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Akiko Suzuki of Japan won bronze at the World Figure Skating Championships in 2012. She placed 8th at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and again finished in 8th place in Sochi.  

 

 

Kaetlyn Osmond - Canada

Kaetlyn Osmond
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The 2013 Canadian National Figure Skating Champion, Kaetlyn Osmond placed 8th at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.  Also in 2013, she won two Grand Prix of Figure Skating competitions, Skate Canada and the Nebelhorn Trophy.  Osmond finished in 13th place in Sochi.

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