Yuna Kim of South Korea took an early lead in the Ladies' Figure Skating competition in Sochi and the Winter Olympics 2014. Kim managed a fantastic score of 74.92 for her Short Program routine, but was trailed closely by Russian Adelina Sotnikova (74.64), and Carolina Kostner (74.12). The full results list of the Ladies' Singles Short Program can be seen below.
Kim put on an expected spectacular performance. Such is the quality of the South Korean, that expectations were sky high that she would deliver a routine that most could only dream of coming close to, and she did not disappoint.
The South Korean skated early on among the 30 skaters, and her phenomenal routine allowed her to apply maximum pressure onto her rivals. That pressure saw some of her core competition crack; 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia looked nervous and fell on one of her jumps as she only managed to record 65.23, which left her well behind Kim and in 5th place.
Gracie Gold of the United States put in a competitive 68.63, although she too looked nervous but managed to just hold her nerves on a few wobbly landings. Meanwhile, Ashley Wagner lies in 6th after the short program, posting a 65.21 – she again indicated a slight disappointment in her score, seemingly believing she had done better than her score suggested.
However, Kim will not feel comfortable at the top of the pile, as Lipnitskaia's Russian colleague, Adelina Sotnikova, smashed her personal best to put on an amazing performance to get the home crowd on their feet in rapturous applause. Her 74.64 puts her just marginally behind Kim, and if she can pull off a similarly spectacular performance tomorrow she could be looking at a podium finish.
Meanwhile, Italy's Carolina Kostner pulled out one of her classic performances, and she too is just 0.80 behind Kim going into Thursday's program.
Everything is still to fight for going into tomorrow's Free Skate Program, which will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday – with a live stream available (details can be found by clicking here).
The full results of Wednesday's short program on Feb. 19 can be seen below:
1. KOR Yuna KIM 74.92
2. RUS Adelina SOTNIKOVA 74.64
3. ITA Carolina KOSTNER 74.12
4. USA Gracie GOLD 68.63
5. RUS Yulia LIPNITSKAYA 65.23
6. USA Ashley WAGNER 65.21
7. 12 USA Polina EDMUNDS 61.04
8. JPN Akiko SUZUKI 60.97
9. FRA Mae Berenice MEITE 58.63
10. GER Nathalie WEINZIERL 57.63
11. CHN Zijun LI 57.55 Q
12. ITA Valentina MARCHEI 57.02
13. CAN Kaetlyn OSMOND 56.18
14. CHN Kexin ZHANG 55.80
15. JPN Kanako MURAKAMI 55.60
16. JPN Mao ASADA 55.51
17. GEO Elene GEDEVANISHVILI 54.70
18. KOR Haejin KIM 54.37
19. CAN Gabrielle DALEMAN 52.61
20. CZE Elizaveta UKOLOVA 51.87
21. SVK Nicole RAJICOVA 49.80
22. AUS Brooklee HAN 49.32
23. KOR So Youn PARK 49.14
24. NOR Anne Line GJERSEM 48.56
25. GBR Jenna MCCORKELL 48.34
26. AUT Kerstin FRANK 48.00
27. SWE Viktoria HELGESSON 47.84
28. UKR Natalia POPOVA 47.42
29. EST Elena GLEBOVA 46.19
30. BRA Isadora WILLIAMS 40.37