Carolina Kostner

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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