The two-time Olympic gold medalist has a home filled with skating memorabilia and some thoughts about Johnny Weir.
When the figure skater Kim Yu-na was dethroned in Sochi by a Russian teenager, her country, which has long tied sports achievements to self-worth, reacted with anger.
The International Skating Union undermined the credibility of Adelina Sotnikova’s victory, but it can improve the sport by making its judging system more transparent and removing conflicts of interest.
NBC’s use of two figure-skating announcing teams created an opportunity to compare how each performed Thursday at an important moment.
The scoring and judging that gave Sotnikova the gold medal over Kim Yu-na shows why figure skating is popular among mainstream fans only every four years.
The Olympic medalists Evan Lysacek and Sasha Cohen, like Gracie Gold, finished fourth in their first Olympics.
Among the judges: the wife of the Russian skating federation’s general director and a man who was suspended for his role in the 1998 Nagano scandal.
Skaters in the Olympics can do the programs. They can land the jumps. It’s only their pesky nerves that get in the way.
Polina Edmunds, 15, stands out in women’s figure skating, a sport that, like gymnastics in the Summer Games, routinely churns out top young competitors.
Kim Yu-na, trying to become the third woman to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in her sport, overcame anxiety to take the lead in the short program, but two other favorites fell.