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Judge for yourself: Yuna Kim, Adelina Sotnikova free skates side-by-side

Feb 21, 2014, 7:50 AM EDT


Here’s an understatement: many people disagree with Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova winning gold over South Korea’s Yuna Kim in women’s figure skating. Yet as subjective as these situations can be, the question is: have people really given them both a fair look?

In this informative and fascinating video from NBC Olympics, you can see their free skate programs side-by-side with scores backing up their moves. The video is easily the best way to consider this – as both figure skaters rack up “points” as they go – but here’s a few screens from the side-by-side comparisons.

About one minute in, their “scores” looked like this:


Popping in about a minute later, here’s how they progressed:


Let’s check in at approximately the three-minute mark:


Down to the closing moments now:



And finally, their emotional responses:


Seeing it in screen grab form is interesting in its own right, but side-by-side video might make arguments that a) judging these things probably isn’t very easy and b) they both put together brilliant performances.

  1. yoonheuikim - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    First of all, this only compares technical marks. On program component scores, there is only 0.09 difference between Yuna and Adelina. I think one can easily see the artistry and footwork and overall flow of Yuna is far superior than Adelina. Secondly, most of Adelina’s landing seems very unstable but still garners equal or more points than Yuna, She almost stumbled upon a landing for her triple toe loop which she didn’t get any mark down. This judgement makes the figure skating nothing more than jumping shows. Even the cleanness of the jumps didn’t matter.

  2. jonathanalis - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    kim was better in every point showed here.

  3. omotasha - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    No competition. Yuna’s huge win here.

  4. Repent New Zealand - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Yuna is definitely the winner. Sotnikova’s gold medal is a mystery. It is so clear that she can’t be a gold medal while someone who is much better is doing much better than her. Yuna is the winner. Russia needs to stop the corruption and be ashamed. A corrupted Sochi Olympics. Great disappointment.

  5. Repent New Zealand - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Reblogged this on New Zealand Direct Express.

  6. zenndaoc - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    This so called “comparison” side by side, only compares Technical points. If you are going to write an article about figure skating comparison, please do the following
    1. Compare the short programs
    2. Compare the PCS points in the free program

    After you get that out of the way, try to compare Carolina Kostner’s free program to Adelina’s, or even Mao Asada’s free program to Adelina’s in terms of “technical” program. FYI, Adelina’s short program had triple toe-tripe toe combination, mostly used in junior competition. yet her score was less than a point from Both Yuna and Carolina’s short programs, which were both technically superior to Adelina’s…

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