- © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Pesnya
© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Pesnya
SOCHI, February 21 (R-Sport) – Russia's Adelina Sotnikova said Friday she was worthy of the Olympic women's figure skating gold medal after her win over Kim Yuna sparked a judging controversy.
Sotnikova, who had never won a major tournament before, trailed Vancouver Olympic champion Kim after the short program, but received 149.95 points in the free skate despite stumbling after a jump. Kim finished five points behind after a skate without obvious mistakes.
"I skated very well and my technical score is higher than Yuna's,” Sotnikova said. “My jumps were more complicated, especially in the second part of the cascade, rotations for the fourth level. That means I was better in technique. I skated very well.”
Sotnikova, 17, became the first Russian to win the women's competition and brought Russia its third figure skating gold of the Sochi Olympics following triumph in the inaugural team event and a pairs win for Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.