ZAGREB – Two-time defending Olympic Kim Yu-na returned from injury on Friday to kick off her Olympic season by taking the lead after the short program at the Golden Spin.
Dressed in bright yellow, Kim skated to “Send in the Clowns,” opening with a triple-triple toeloop combination jump, and also included a triple flip but fluffed her double Axel.
Despite the errors she scored 73.37 points to take an early lead with the free skate set for Saturday.
It was the best score in the short program this season, bettering the 73.18 Mao Asada scored in October.
Former world champion Miki Ando, returning to competition after having a baby girl in April, skated to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and was sitting second with 62.81.
Kim is bidding to become just the third woman to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles. Germany’s Katarina Witt (1984 and 1988) was the last to achieve the feat.