Kim Yu-Na Reigns with Figure Skating Gold

The Queen finally has her Olympic crown.

Performing a flawless free skate, South Korea's Kim Yu-Na easily won the ladies' figure skating gold Thursday with a world record total of 228.56 points, shattering her previous global standard by 18 points. The win gave South Korea its first Olympic figure skating medal ever.

Japan's Mao Asada won the silver, while Canada's Joannie Rochette took the bronze four days after her mother, Therese, died of a heart attack. Americans Mirai Nagasu and Rachael Flatt finished in fourth and seventh, respectively. It marks the first time since 1964 that the podium does not boast at least one American woman.

Nicknamed "Queen Yu-Na," Kim, the reigning world champion and leader after Tuesday's short program, is a bona fide rock star at home, unable to go out in public without bodyguards. The 19-year-old entered the Games as the heavy favorite with enormous pressure from her country to win gold. But she rose above it all Thursday, landing jump after jump and dazzling the crowd with her impeccable artistry. She let out tears after she finished and later a scream when her scores came up. Her free skate score of 150.06 also set a new world record.


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