There's the top three. Then there's the rest. Less than a single point separates the leaders in the ladies' figure skating competition after Wednesday's short program.
In just her fourth international competition since winning gold in Vancouver in 2010, Yuna Kim of Korea leads the standings with a score of 74.92, three-tenths of a point ahead of Russia's 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova. A surging Carolina Kostner of Italy is also in contention, just eight-tenths back of the leader.
Top performers like Japan's Mao Asada and Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia faltered under the intense glare of Olympic pressure, but U.S. skaters Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds all skated well.
The American trio sits just outside the medal positions after Wednesday's competition, though there is a gap behind the leaders. Gold is in fourth place with 68.63 points, Ashley Wagner is sixth and Polina Edmunds sits in seventh position.
With plenty of points still available in Thursday's free skate, medals are still up for grabs in a sport where one mistake can change the standings in a hurry.
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Ladies Figure Skating Standings After Short Program:
1. Yuna Kim - Korea - 74.92
2. Adelina Sotnikova - Russia - 74.64
3. Carolina Kostner - Italy - 74.12
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