It was a star-studded night when the world's best figure skaters descended upon the Iceberg Skating Palace at Sochi 2014 for the women's figure skating final. Youth Olympic Games athlete Adelina Sotnikova took home the gold for Russia in a surprise performance dethroning the best of the best, including defending champion Yuna Kim.
Sotnikova could not control her emotions as she read her final scores, ensuring her a golden finish.
“This is still a dream for me, I can't express how this feels, it is a dream, it is a dream.”
Sotnikova finished with a total score of 224.59, almost 5 points ahead of Kim's score.
The “Yoggie”, who participated in Innsbruck in 2012, was thrilled to medal for Russia in her first Olympic Games.
“The Games are in my country and I have finished with gold. It is a very special feeling that will remain with me for the rest of my life.”
Silver medallist and Youth Olympic Games Ambassador Yuna Kim stayed back to hug Sotnikova, congratulating her on her powerful performance.
Other YOG skaters Zijun Li (CHN) and So Youn Park (KOR) put on magnificent performances in the finals.
By Young Reporter Sonali Prasad