Miki Ando defeated Kim Yu-Na to win the ISU World Figure Skating Championship in Russia.
Ando earned 130.21 points in the free skate to finish with a total of 195.79. Mao Asada moved up only one spot from Friday’s short program to finish sixth.
“I had a strong determination on the rink,” Ando said. “I was hoping to finish anywhere on the podium this time, but I’m thrilled I ended up with the gold medal.”
“I skated for my country,” Ando said, referring to the March 11 earthquake that devastated northeastern Japan and forced the relocation of the championships from Tokyo to Moscow.
“I hope my performance here encourages people back home and helps bring back their smiles. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but I came close to my season best score.”
Kim Yu-Na said, “My practice was perfect here, and I was going to do the same, But I hadn’t competed for so long. That’s why. I’ve been training such a long time. I spent the hardest time in my life mentally. I’m just glad I finished.”
Mao Asada who finished 6th said, “It wasn’t 100 percent, but I did the best I could, I’ve been working on my triple axel for a long time, so I wanted to nail it, though.”