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September 25, 2021

Figure skating: Ando edges out Kim for World title

Miki Ando upset Olympic Champion Yuna Kim to take her second World title in Moscow, while Italy’s Carolina Kostner came from sixth to bag the bronze medal, according to goldenskate.com.
Performing to Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Ando landed five triples jumps, including two triple Lutzes, but her double Axel-triple toe didn’t happen as she doubled the toe and stumbled. Everything else was good, however, although she could have had more speed. The Japanese Champion also earned a level four for all three spins and scored 130.21 points. Overall she accumulated 195.79 points, and she earned her second World title after winning in 2007 in Tokyo.

“This was the last time to skate this program and I really wanted to show my best, but had a little mistake on my double Axel-triple toe,” Ando noted. “This time I was skating for Japan. It was a tribute to the Japanese people who suffered in the disaster. Maybe I was able to bring back a little smile to the people of Japan. I won my first World title in Japan and now my second title here in Moscow and I’m very happy about that as I consider Russia being my second home.”

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