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Yuna Kim sets world record
South Korean Yuna Kim not only won gold--she won South Korea’s first Winter Olympics medal outside the sport of speed skating. On top of that her total score not only set a world record but shattered the former record, her own, by 18 points. Skating flawlessly to a James Bond Medley in her short program and Concerto in F by George Gershwin in the free skate, Kim cemented her reputation as the current queen of women’s figure skating.
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Lysacek becomes Olympic champion
After placing fourth in men’s singles at the 2006 Torino Olympics, Lysacek entered the Vancouver Games as the reigning world champion and a favorite for gold. Lysacek trailed Yevgeny Plushenko by under a point after the short program, then delivered an impeccable free skate to edge his Russian rival out for the top of the podium. He became the first American man to win Olympic gold since Brian Boitano at the 1988 Calgary Games.
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Joannie Rochette overcomes tragedy
Just days after her mother unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack, Canadian Joannie Rochette skated two heartfelt programs to win the bronze medal in ladies’ singles—and brought the world to tears at her tremendous strength in the face of tragedy. In recognition of her embodiment of the Olympic spirit, Rochette was chosen to carry the Canadian flag in the Closing Ceremony.
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Mao Asada lands three triple axels
Japanese skater Mao Asada took silver in the women’s singles event, but left Vancouver with her one singular achievement: a Guinness World Record. After landing three triple Axel jumps—one in her short program and two in her free—during the 2010 Olympics, she was recognized for most triple Axels performed in one competition.
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Costumes stir up controversy
There was no shortage of eye-catching costumes in Vancouver, from clown outfits to glittery skeletons. But the most talked about costumes were the Australian aboriginal-inspired bodysuits worn by Russian ice dance team Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin. Many aboriginal leaders expressed concern at the leaves, loincloths, and white markings representing aboriginal body paint on the Russians’ costumes, but they claimed no disrespect was intended. Domnina/Shabalin finished third.
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