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Judge for yourself: Yuna Kim, Adelina Sotnikova free skates side-by-side

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Here’s an understatement: many people disagree with Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova winning gold over South Korea’s Yuna Kim in women’s figure skating. Yet as subjective as these situations can be, the question is: have people really given them both a fair look?

In this informative and fascinating video from NBC Olympics, you can see their free skate programs side-by-side with scores backing up their moves. The video is easily the best way to consider this - as both figure skaters rack up “points” as they go - but here’s a few screens from the side-by-side comparisons.

About one minute in, their “scores” looked like this:

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Popping in about a minute later, here’s how they progressed:

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Let’s check in at approximately the three-minute mark:

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Down to the closing moments now:

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And finally, their emotional responses:

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Seeing it in screen grab form is interesting in its own right, but side-by-side video might make arguments that a) judging these things probably isn’t very easy and b) they both put together brilliant performances.

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