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As Adelina Sotnikova finished her gold medal-winning skate, only the Olympic ice felt nothing, because it is cold and hard.The Sochi Games so needed this, their first truly transcendental moment for the home nation in a big-ticket event. For the four minutes and nine seconds when Sotnikova's pluck and majesty mesmerized fans around the world, sport – gut-wrenchingly beautiful sport – was a honeyed drop to counteract the sour taste that has been part of Russia's first Winter Olympics. Sotnikova took a nap while the hockey team was earning its 3-1 loss and then reminded everyone on the ice that Russia's skating hopes didn't start and end with Lipnitskaia.If these were Kim's last games, then she can be proud that she never skated a routine that wasn't sublime at the Olympics.Russia had its Olympic moment for the ages.
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