adelina sotnikova 2014 winter olympics figure skating Olympics 2014: Ladies' figure skating long program and medal resultsWarning: Do not keep reading if you’d like to remain spoiler-free for the 2014 Winter Olympics primetime broadcast on NBC on Thursday (Feb. 20), which will feature the results of the women’s figure skating long program and medals.

There were a couple surprises in the women’s finals. Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya and Gracie Gold of the U.S. both fell and still finished ahead of other U.S. skater Ashley Wagner, who skated a clean program. The commentators didn’t get into it too heavily, but they expressed some surprise at Wagner’s low score, which left her in 7th place. Gold ended up in 4th and the third U.S. skater, Polina Edmunds, placed 9th. It is the first time the U.S. has been shut out of a singles figure skating medal since Bavaria in 1936, as no U.S. men medaled in 2014 either.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova skated a very clean, beautiful program that won her the gold medal, but the commentators also expressed an opinion that perhaps the score was a little generous for the hometown skater, since she did have a step out on one jump and the second and third place skaters were clean.

“In any other competition, that would have been enough,” says NBC Sports commentator and former Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, of South Korea’s Yuna Kim‘s program. But in the face of Sotnikova’s enormous score, a clean program was not enough. “On any other night, this would have been a clear-cut victory for Yuna Kim,” adds fellow former skater and commentator Johnny Weir.

Kim took silver and Italy’s Carolina Kostner won the bronze medal. This is Russia’s first women’s figure skating gold medal and it is Italy’s first medal ever in the sport.

The long program results:
Russia, Adelina Sotnikova, 149.95
South Korea, Yuna Kim, 144.19
Japan, Mao Asada, 142.71
Italy, Carolina Kostner, 142.61
U.S., Gracie Gold, 136.90
Russia, Yulia Lipnitskaya, 133.34
U.S., Ashley Wagner, 127.99
Japan, Akiko Suzuki, 125.35
U.S., Polina Edmunds, 122.21
Italy, Valentina Marchei, 116.31
France, Mae Berenice Meite, 115.90
Japan, Kanako Murakami, 115.38
Canada, Kaetlyn Osmond, 112.80
China, Zijun Li, 110.75
China, Kexin Zhang, 98.41
Canada, Gabrielle Daleman, 95.83
South Korea, Haejin Kim, 95.11
Australia, Brooklee Han, 94.52
South Korea, So Youn Park, 93.83
Georgia, Elene Gedevanishvili, 92.45
Germany, Nathalie Weinzierl, 89.73
Norway, Anne Line Gjersem, 85.98
Czech Republic, Elizaveta Ukolova, 84.55
Slovakia, Nicole Rajicova, 75.20

The final standings:

Russia, Adelina Sotnikova, 224.59
South Korea, Yuna Kim, 219.11
Italy, Carolina Kostner, 216.73
U.S., Gracie Gold, 205.53
Russia, Yulia Lipnitskaya, 200.57
Japan, Mao Asada, 198.22
U.S., Ashley Wagner, 193.20
Japan, Akiko Suzuki, 186.32
U.S., Polina Edmunds, 183.25
France, Mae Berenice Meite, 174.53
Italy, Valentina Marchei, 173.33
Japan, Kanako Murakami, 170.98
Canada, Kaetlyn Osmond, 168.98
China, Zijun Li, 168.30
China, Kexin Zhang, 154.21
South Korea, Haejin Kim, 149.48
Canada, Gabrielle Daleman, 148.44
Germany, Nathalie Weinzierl, 147.36
Georgia, Elene Gedevanishvili, 147.15
Australia, Brooklee Han, 143.84
South Korea, So Youn Park, 142.97
Czech Republic, Elizaveta Ukolova, 136.42
Norway, Anne Line Gjersem, 134.54
Slovakia, Nicole Rajicova, 125.00

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