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Continued: Controversy raised as Russian women's skater wins gold

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 21, 2014 - 7:15 AM

Italy’s Carolina Kostner won bronze while American Gracie Gold finished fourth.

The night belonged to Sotnikova, who made history as an unlikely champion.

“It’s my gold medal,” she said. “I can’t believe it. Two years ago, all of my competitions were very bad. I didn’t know if I had what it takes to be successful. Now I know that I do.”

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