Vancouver gold medalist Yuna Kim blew away the field by more than twenty points Saturday night, as she completed her comeback with a second world title two years after stepping away from the sport.
The South Korean’s flawless long program, set to tunes from Les Miserables, earned her 148.34 points to secure Kim her second world title, and first since the 2009 championships in Los Angeles.
Defending world champ Carolina Kostner of Italy finished second to Kim, and 2010 silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan rounded out the podium.
Americans Ashley Wagner and Gracie turned in solid performances Saturday, earning fifth and sixth place respectively to help the U.S. team secure a third spot at next February’s Sochi Olympics.
NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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