Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Ashley Wagner skated their hearts out in the women’s free skating final on Feb. 20, but was it enough to earn a spot on the podium?
Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Ashley Wagner were all in serious medal contention when they entered the free skate Olympic finals on Feb. 20, but their efforts didn’t prove to be enough to beat Russian superstar Adelina Sotnikova. Find out where they placed below!
Adelina Sotnikova Wins Gold In Olympic Figure Skating Finals
Unfortunately for us, all three of our leading ladies fell short of the podium. Gracie came closest at fourth place, but none of their efforts proved to be enough to beat Adelina, South Korea’s silver medalist Yuna Kim, and Italy’s bronze medalist Carolina Kostner.
Shockingly, the ladies’ loss means that the Sochi Olympics are officially the first games to NOT feature an American on the figure skating podium — male or female — since 1936. So, what went wrong? Well, Polina skated first for the U.S., and despite taking one short fall earned a solid 122.21 — more than eight points past her personal best — in a graceful routine that left the teen in happy tears. The routine left her briefly in third place, but she was quickly dethroned by Adelina and Carolina and ended the night in ninth.
Ashley Wagner gave what seemed to be an impressive performance from a viewer’s standpoint, but the judges only gave her 127.99 due to some technical flaws, leaving her in seventh overall.
Gracie — who definitely held the majority of the country’s high hopes — skated second-to-last, and while she did a beautiful job, her performance fell far short of Adelina’s flawless, 149.95 point performance. Gracie was also briefly in third with her score of 136.90, but defending champ Yuna knocked her out when she scored a 144.19.
What did you think of the big finale, HollywoodLifers? Are you disappointed that the U.S. didn’t medal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy
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