Yuna Kim makes golden comeback at Worlds
2010 Olympic Champion Yuna Kim struck gold as the competition at the 2013 World figure skating championships wrapped up. Italy’s Carolina Kostner took the silver medal while Mao Asada of Japan rose from sixth to claim the bronze.
Performing to “Les Miserables”, Kim reeled off a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, triple flip, three more triple jumps as well as three level-four spins and level-four footwork. The Olympic Champion scored 148.34 points and racked up 218.31 points overall to win her second World title and her fifth medal at the ISU World Championships.
“I was nervous in the six minutes warm up, but since I skated sixth and last in the group I had time to calm myself down. I am happy that I was able to skate a clean short and long program.” Kim told the post-event press conference.
Kostner hit a triple Lutz, triple flip-triple toe and two more triples as well as difficult spins and steps in her “Bolero” routine, but fell on an under rotated triple Salchow at the very end. The 2012 World Champion had to overcome a nose bleed that started just before her performance. Kostner collected 131.03 points, a season’s best, and accumulated 197.89 points to take home her fifth world medal.
“Coming here I didn’t know what to expect. No I can go home with a medal and it is great feeling. Last year I reached a dream that I almost had given up. This year I was able to live it a bit. It was my 11th World Championship in a row and already this was a special feeling.” the 26-year-old said.
Asada went for a triple Axel right out of the gate in her “Swan Lake” program but two-footed. The two-time World Champion rallied back to land five triples including a double Axel-triple toe combination and got a level four for one spin and the footwork. The reigning Four Continents Champion scored a season’s best of 134.37 points and was ranked second in the Free Skating. Overall she scored 196.47 points. Asada took her fourth World medal.
“Going into the free skating, I wanted to execute all my jumps, but I couldn’t. I hated the fact that I didn’t do the triple Axel and the triple-triple combination, but I was able to switch my mindset and nailed it in the second half of the program. I am happy with my season.” the 2010 Olympic silver medalist commented.
Kanako Murakami (JPN) slipped from third to fourth at 189.73 points. Ashley Wagner (USA) placed fifth ahead of teammate Gracie Gold who moved up from ninth to sixth (184.25 points).
Ice Dance’s Podium: 1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) – 189.56; 2. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) – 185.04; 3. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) – 169.19