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South Korea's Yu-na Kim Leads Ladies Skating; Japan's Asada is in Second

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This may have been the most amazing night of ladies short program skating that I have ever seen.  Gold medal favorite Yu-na Kim of South Korea broke the all-time short program record with a 78.50, and was nearly five points ahead of her closest competition, Mao Asada of Japan.  But Asado too performed a spectacular short program.  She landed a triple axel and performed the best short program she had done all year.

Canada's Joannie Rochette was a winner just by stepping on the ice tonight so soon after her mother unexpectedly died, but she went further than that by delivering the best short program she has skated all year, to finish the night in third place.  She leads the fourth place skater by more than six points and is in excellent position to win a medal.  This was a courageous moment, and it was not lost on anyone watching Rochette.  The woman is braver than we ever could have thought.

They American youngsters are not expected to medal here but they both had impressive skates, nonetheless.  U.S. champ Rachael Flatt was spunky and energetic to snag fifth place, and Mirai Nagasu was equally adorable and finds herself in sixth.  Though neither were clean, they were both entertaining and confident tonight.

Japan's Miki Ando attempted the most difficult combination of the night and it did not pay off.  She didn't receive full credit and had a sloppy landing, and she finds herself down in fourth place. 

The ladies competition concludes with the free skate on Thursday.  If it promises to be anything like what we saw tonight, then you should make sure you watch.  This was a momentous night in women's skating.

 

Ladies Short Program Results

1

Yu-na Kim
South Korea
78.50
2 Mao Asada
Japan
73.78
3 Joannie Rochette
Canada
71.36
4 Miki Ando
Japan
64.76
5 Rachael Flatt
USA
64.64
6 Mirai Nagasu
USA
63.76
7 Carolina Kostner
Italy
63.02
8 Alena Leonova
Russa
62.14
9 Elene Gedevanishvili
Georgia
61.92
10 Laura Lepisto
Finland 61.36
11 Akiko Suzuki
Japan
61.02
12 Ksenia Makarova
Russia
59.22
13 Julia Sebestyen
Hungary
57.46
14 Cynthia Phaneuf
Canada
57.16
15 Sarah Meier
Switzerland
56.70
16 Min-Jung Kwak
South Korea
53.16
17 Kiira Korpi
Finland
52.96
18 Cheltzie Lee
Australia
52.16
19 Yan Liu
China
51.74
20 Elena Glebova
Estonia
50.84
21 Tugba Karademir
Turkey
50.74
22 Sonia Lafuente
Spain
49.74
23 Sarah Hecken
Germany
49.04
24 Anastasia Gimazetdinova
Uzbekistan
49.02
25 Isabelle Pieman
Belgium 46.10
26 Miriam Ziegler
Austria
43.84
27 Teodora Postic
Slovenia
43.80
28 Ivana Meitrayerova
Slovakia
41.94
29 Jenna McCorkell
Great Britain
40.64
30 Anna Jurkiewicz
Poland
36.10