Carolina Kostner

CAROLINA KOSTNER, 27, ITALY
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<i>Major achievements: </i>2012 world champion, five-time European champion.
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<i>Music: </i>Short: Schubert's "Ave Maria."; long, Ravel's "Bolero."
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<i>The skinny: </i>An elegant, flowing skater, Kostner has been, in Scott Hamilton's words, "allergic to the Olympics." Her free skate flop in Vancouver, where she finished 16th (after a ninth in Turin four years earlier) was among the worst performances ever by a talented and highly decorated skater. Kostner¿s task in controlling her nerves here was complicated by a short program draw that has her skating right after the crowd goes wild for Russian baby ballerina Yulia Lipnitskaya. 
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<i>Odds: </i>18-1

( YURI KADOBNOV / AFP/Getty Images / February 8, 2014 )

CAROLINA KOSTNER, 27, ITALY

Major achievements: 2012 world champion, five-time European champion.

Music: Short: Schubert's "Ave Maria."; long, Ravel's "Bolero."

The skinny: An elegant, flowing skater, Kostner has been, in Scott Hamilton's words, "allergic to the Olympics." Her free skate flop in Vancouver, where she finished 16th (after a ninth in Turin four years earlier) was among the worst performances ever by a talented and highly decorated skater. Kostner¿s task in controlling her nerves here was complicated by a short program draw that has her skating right after the crowd goes wild for Russian baby ballerina Yulia Lipnitskaya.

Odds: 18-1

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