Yuna Kim Is Clear Favorite to Win Gold in Women's Figure Skating at Sochi

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Yuna Kim Is Clear Favorite to Win Gold in Women's Figure Skating at Sochi
Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press

When it comes to women's figure skating, there isn't a more tuned-in skater right now than South Korea's Yuna Kim.

She will be the clear favorite to win the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The women's free skating even will take place on Thursday and the athlete with the highest combined score from that event, along with the short program from Wednesday, will take the gold medal. To no surprise, Kim had the highest short program score at 74.92, edging out Russia's Adelina Sotnikova and Italy's Carolina Kostner.

You can see the top scores from the short program below.

Top Scores from Women's Short Program
Rank Country Skater Score
1 South Korea Yuna Kim 74.92
2 Russia Adelina Sotnikova 74.64
3 Italy Carolina Kostner 74.12
4 USA Gracie Gold 68.63
5 Russia Julia Lipnitskaia 65.23
6 USA Ashley Wagner 65.21
7 USA Polina Edmunds 61.04
8 Japan Akiko Suzuki 60.97
9 France Mae-Berenice Meite 58.63
10 Germany Nathalie Weinzierl 57.55

With one of the two events out of the way, the rest of the competition is gunning for Kim, but this isn't the first time this has happened. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Kim had a simply incredible run, breaking ISU world records in the short program, free skate and combined total.

The Olympics aren't the only place where Kim has shined over the past few years. She's had a lot of success at the World Championships recently, winning gold in 2013 in London and 2009 in Los Angeles while winning silver in 2011 in Moscow and 2010 in Turin.

Considering she's just 23 years old, that's quite an impressive resume already.

These Olympics are different for Kim now that she's been through everything before. This is what she had to say about this year's event in Sochi compared to Vancouver, according to the Associated Press, via NBCOlympics.com:

I don't think these Olympics are special for me like Vancouver was. Those were my first Olympics and I wanted to win them very badly, and I did win them. Now I am experienced in the Olympics. I want to win them just the same, yes, but the experience is not the same.

I have learned from the first Olympics, of course. When I went to my first Olympic Games, I experienced all of the pressure and was able to win the gold medal. I try not to feel the pressure and I try not to be nervous when I am on the ice and when I compete.

While Kim is the clear favorite, she's still not out of the woods yet; especially considering that the free skating event is worth more points. 

One name that has been attracting a lot of attention in Sochi has been 15-year-old Russian Julia Lipnitskaia, who helped lead her country to a gold in the team events. She may have fallen while attempting a triple flip in the short program, but it wasn't too costly as she's less than 10 points off of the lead.

The Americans also have a number of contenders that will be trying to show up big in the free program with Garcie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds all in the top 10 after strong performances in the short program. 

Still, it's evident that Kim is the clear favorite to win gold given her previous success in Vancouver and current success at Sochi. If she can continue to skate as well as she has so far, Kim shouldn't have a problem bringing the gold medal back to South Korea.

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