Warning: Do not keep reading if you’d like to remain spoiler-free for the ladies’ figure skating short program, which will be featured during NBC’s 2014 Winter Olympics primetime broadcast Wednesday (Feb. 19).
It was an interesting night of women’s figure skating, with Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia, the darling of the team event last week, and Japan’s Mao Asada, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, each taking an uncharacteristic fall and ending up lower in the standings than expected (much lower, in Asada’s case, as she had more mistakes than just the one fall).
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Yuna Kim (pictured), the reigning Olympics gold medalist, skated a nearly flawless short program and was awarded with the top spot. Russian skater Adelina Sotnikova is right on her heels, though the commentators thought the judges were “generous” with the scores for the hometown girl.
The U.S. skaters had a solid showing, though Ashley Wagner received a downgrade on a triple jump that was under-rotated and wound up slightly lower than she (and the commentators) expected her to be prior to her skate. The Team USA girls are in 4th (Gracie Gold), 6th (Wagner) and 7th (Polina Edmunds).
There are going to have to be some mistakes from the top three skaters during the long program if the U.S. is to medal these Olympics, but it’s certainly not impossible. The free skate starts Thursday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on NBC Sports Network and will air in primetime later that day.
The full short program results:
South Korea, Yuna Kim, 74.92
Russia, Adelina Sotnikova, 74.64
Italy, Carolina Kostner, 74.12
U.S., Gracie Gold, 68.63
Russia, Yulia Lipnitskaya, 65.23
U.S., Ashley Wagner, 65.21
U.S., Polina Edmunds, 61.04
Japan, Akiko Suzuki, 60.97
France, Mae Berenice Meite, 58.63
Germany, Nathalie Weinzierl, 57.63
China, Zijun Li, 57.55
Italy, Valentina Marchei, 57.02
Canada, Kaetlyn Osmond, 56.18
China, Kexin Zhang, 55.80
Japan, Kanako Murakami, 55.60
Japan, Mao Asada, 55.51
Georgia, Elene Gedevanishvili, 54.70
South Korea, Haejin Kim, 54.37
Canada, Gabrielle Daleman, 52.61
Czech Republic, Elizaveta Ukolova, 51.87
Slovakia, Nicole Rajicova, 49.80
Australia, Brooklee Han, 49.32
South Korea, So Youn Park, 49.14
Norway, Anne Line Gjersem, 48.56
Great Britain, Jenna McCorkell, 48.34
Austria, Kerstin Frank, 48.00
Sweden, Viktoria Helgesson, 47.84
Ukraine, Natalia Popova, 47.42
Estonia, Elena Glebova, 46.19
Brazil, Isadora Williams, 40.37