Yu-Na Kim of Korea skated to a historic gold medal in a fantastic Ladies’ competition on Thursday in Vancouver. Japan’s Mao Asada claimed the silver, while Joannie Rochette of Canada overcame a family tragedy to take the bronze medal.
Evan Lysacek (USA) skated to Gold in a nerve-racking Men’s Free Skating, upsetting defending Olympic Champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia and becoming the first US man to take Olympic Gold since Brian Boitano in 1988. Daisuke Takahashi claimed the bronze, the first Olympic medal in Men’s Figure Skating for Japan
Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko grabbed the Men’s Short Program and has his eyes set on a second consecutive Olympic title, but World Champion Evan Lysacek (USA) and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan are less than one point behind. It was an exciting competition with many strong performances, but some contenders crumbled under the pressure.
Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao of China made history when they struck Gold in the Pairs event on Monday, winning China’s first gold medal in Olympic figure skating and ending Russian dominance in the discipline. Qing Pang/Jian Tong skated to the silver with a spectacular performance while Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy of Germany earned the bronze medal.
The figure skating competition at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will start in Vancouver, Canada, on February 14. Canada is hosting the Olympic Winter Games for the second time since 1988...