On Saturday, the ladies free skate took place at Super Saitama Arena as the 2014 World Figure Skating Championship continued in Saitama, Japan. After the short program earlier in the week, Japan’s Mao Asada jumped out to the lead and it was too much to overcome.
In what may have been her final competition, Asada was able to stay atop the leaderboard at the end of the free skate to win her third world title in front of her home crowd.
Russian teenage sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya, who came to stardom as part of Team Russia in the Team Figure Skating event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, was able to jump into second-place. Colina Kostner, the lone Sochi medalist competing at worlds, took third.
Gracie Gold was the top United States finisher in fifth-place, while Ashley Wagner finished in seventh and Polina Edmunds took eighth.
Here are the final standings for the ladies competition at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championship:
1. Mao Asada (JPN) 216.69
2. Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS) 207.50
3. Carolina Kostner (ITA) 203.83
4. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) 197.50
5. Gracie Gold (USA) 194.58
6. Akiko Suzuki (JPN) 193.72
7. Ashley Wagner (USA) 193.16
8. Polina Edmunds (USA) 187.50
While it was disappointing to see the United States women miss out on the podium, it is great to see Asada bounce back from a disappointing performance in Sochi to remind the world of just how great of a skater she truly is.