SOCHI, Russia - Carolina Kostner drew the short straw.
The 2012 world champion from Italy skates Wednesday’s Olympic short program immediately after Russian sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya, when the roar from the crowd undoubtedly will still be rocking the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Lipnitskaya drew 25thin the 30-woman field, immediately after an ice resurfacing.
Given Kostner’s past problems in the Olympics, her starting position will be a test of nerves.
The five-time European champion, who just turned 27, had a horrible free skate to finish 16that Vancouver in 2010 and was a mediocre ninthat Turin in 2006. She skated exceptionally well in the short program of the new team event Feb. 8, finishing second to Lipnitskaya.
Monday morning’s draw resulted in these start positions for Team USA and other top contenders:
*U.S: Gracie Gold (22), Ashley Wagner (27), Polina Edmunds (12).
*Defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea (17), 2010 silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan (30), reigning Russian champion Adelina Sotnikova (29).
As the last skater, Asada competes a whopping 4 hours, 13 minutes after the first. In the short program of the team event, when she skated immediately after Lipnitskaya, Asada fell on her first jump.
The field will be cut to the top 24 for Thursday’s free skate.
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