Russia's Adelina Sotnikova pulled off an upset of epic proportions by defeating Yuna Kim for the gold medal at the Sochi Games on Thursday night at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

The 17-year-old Sotnikova, who was second after the short program, overtook the defending Olympic and world champion with a clutch performance.

Sotnikova faced down the pressure of the huge shadow that Kim casts over the sport in an inspiring effort to "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso." She skated cleanly with the exception of two-footing a landing at the end of a triple-combo jump.