Kim Yu-na is back atop the podium, winning the world title Saturday night in her first appearance at the World Figure Skating Championships in two years.
The reigning Olympic champion looked as if she'd never been away, with an exquisite and elegant performance that left the audience spellbound. The audience was on its feet long before she finished her final spin, and Kim clapped a hand to her mouth as she looked around the arena. That she'd won wasn't a question, but rather by how much.
With a score of 218.31, she was more than 20 points ahead of defending champion Carolina Kostner. Japan's Mao Asada was third.
The U.S. women, meanwhile, regained a third spot for the Sochi Olympics as Ashley Wagner finished fifth and Gracie Gold was sixth.