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Russia wins first women's figure skating gold

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SOCHI, Russia (WHDH) -

A Russian teenager made history in front of a home crowd.

17-year-old Adelina Sotnitkova nailed seven triple jumps and became the first Russian woman to get the gold in the women's individual event.

Defending Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea led heading into the free skate, but her technical score was not enough to win back to back titles.

She settled for silver in what she said is the last competition of her career.

U.S. champion Gracie Gold was America's best shot at the podium. The Newton born skater looked confident stepping out onto the ice,

But any hope of a medal was lost when she fell on a jump. The 18-year-old settled for fourth.

"I'm among good company to get third or fourth at their first Olympics and then you know get first or second at their next Olympics, and we have the world championships to look forward to so, I'm just really excited," Gold said.

Her teammate Ashley Wagner skated a clean long program. Letting her emotions show on the ice, she finished in 7th place.

“Three clean programs here at the Olympics for my first time around. I'm coming home with my head held high," said Wagner.

And 15 year old Polina Edmunds fell during her program, but ended up in the top ten in her first international event at the senior level


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