There was one thing everyone knew going in to the ladies' figure skating finals: reigning Olympic champ Yuna Kim from South Korea was the one to beat. But who would do it? Would it be 15-year-old Russian Julia Lipnitskaia, who dominated the team competition? American underdog Gracie Gold, who had the perfect name? Or Italian veteran Carolina Kostner, who considered retiring after the Vancouver Games in British Columbia, Canada? Turns out it was none of them. Russian skater Adelina Sotnikova, 17, came out of nowhere to take home the gold. The dramatic free skate finals will air on NBC primetime tonight, but experience it now with these 11 pics.
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The Dramatic Ladies' Figure Skating Finals in 11 Pictures