Sotnikova, 17, became the first female Russian skater to win in the category.Some pointed out that she had stepped out after landing a triple combination, and others raised questions about the anonymous judging system.
The pair met in 2012 in the Olympic village, and some speculate that news outlets withheld the story until after the Sochi Olympics for the sake of Yuna Kim's medal chances.
Kim followed up her impressive exploits on the Olympic stage in Vancouver with consecutive second place finishes at the Worlds in 20.
She then decided to take a two-year sabbatical from the rink.
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