Olympics Blog | Figure Skating | Los Angeles Times

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VANCOUVER, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) — Teenage diva Kim Yu-Na set an unprecedented bar for successors here on Thursday, winning South Korea’s first figure skating gold medal with record scores at the Vancouver Winter Games.

Skating flawlessly and infectiously to George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, the 19-year-old prodigy earned 150.06 points for free skating, breaking the previous world record of her own for more than 16 points.

The long program score, adding to her sublime short program on Tuesday, gave Kim a combined score of 228.56, a full 18.53 points more than her previous world best.

Trailing by 4.72 points after short program, the Japanese sensation Mao Asada, also 19 years old, sustained the second place on podium with 28 points down from the leader.

Figure skating trumps ‘American Idol’, and NBC’s Scott Hamilton cries

Figure skating trumps ‘American Idol’, and NBC’s Scott Hamilton cries

February 26, 2010 | 1:55 pm

For the second time in two weeks, the previously untouchable “American Idol” television show on Fox was beaten by NBC’s Olympic coverage Thursday night. That coverage included Americans Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane going 1-2 in a Nordic combined event, the men’s aerials and, most importantly, the long program for the ladies in figure skating.

During the 8-9 p.m. hour, when the Olympics went head-to-head with “Idol,” NBC averaged 19.2 million viewers to Idol’s 17.8, according to the Nielsen ratings. NBC averaged 22.9 million viewers on the night. The top group of six skaters featuring eventual gold medalists Kim Yuna as well as silver medalist Mao Asada; Canada’s Joannie Rochette, who won bronze only five days after her mother died of a heart attack in a Vancouver, Canada, hotel room; and 16-year-old American Mirai Nagasu, who skated the best long program of her life to move from sixth to fourth.

BBC Sport – Vancouver 2010 – Chinese pair win figure skating gold in Vancouver

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Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo won an emotional pairs figure skating final to secure China’s first gold of the 2010 Vancouver Games.

The married duo and three-time world champions were coaxed out of retirement by the lure of Olympic gold.

Compatriots Pang Qing and Tong Jian won silver and Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy took the bronze.

British pair David King and Stacey Kemp finished 16th with an overall tally of 139.94 points.

Shen and Zhao had settled for third in both Salt Lake City in 2002 and Torino in 2006 and had quit the sport for two years before this triumphant return.

An overjoyed Zhao said: “It’s been so many years, to finally get this gold is so exciting. So many years have been devoted to this dream.”

BEIJING,  Feb. 21 — Here’s some background on the Chinese gold medalist of the women’s 1500 meters short track speed skating.

This is Zhou Yang’s first winter Olympic experience.

Born in 1991, she is the youngest member of the Chinese women’s 1500 meters short track speed skating team. Despite her young age, the teenager is already a world record holder in this distance.

Zhou Yang made her mark on the international stage in recent years, winning the silver and bronze medals in the 2008 and 2009 world championships respectively.

In the past two seasons, she has held the top seat in world rankings for the women’s 1500 short track.

The sport demands great physical strength, one of Zhou Yang’s best traits which has allowed her to use powerful bursts of speed to dominate the short track.

Zhou Yang wins women’s short track 1500m final

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BEIJING,  Feb. 21 — Here’s some background on the Chinese gold medalist of the women’s 1500 meters short track speed skating.

This is Zhou Yang’s first winter Olympic experience.

Born in 1991, she is the youngest member of the Chinese women’s 1500 meters short track speed skating team. Despite her young age, the teenager is already a world record holder in this distance.

Zhou Yang made her mark on the international stage in recent years, winning the silver and bronze medals in the 2008 and 2009 world championships respectively.

In the past two seasons, she has held the top seat in world rankings for the women’s 1500 short track.

The sport demands great physical strength, one of Zhou Yang’s best traits which has allowed her to use powerful bursts of speed to dominate the short track.


Wang Meng defends 500m short track gold

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BEIJING, Feb. 18 — China’s Wang Meng won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 500 meters short track speed skating competition at the Winter Games. Wang Meng led all the way after surviving a restart and a false start in the four-woman final Wednesday night.

She defended the title she won four years ago at the Turin Games by crossing first with a time of 43.048 seconds. It’s China’s second gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Games. Marianne St-Gelais of Canada won the silver medal, and Italy’s Arianna Fontana took the bronze.


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Shen/Zhao makes history for China on ice, Didier Defago meets Swiss hope on snow

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Zhou Yang wins women’s short track 1500m final

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Chinese super women break South Koreans’ monopoly in short track skating

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