November 18, 2009 09:39
Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-na has been dislodged from the top spot in the world rankings. According to the World Standings for Figure Skating released by the International Skating Union (ISU) on Monday, Kim stands in second place with 3,960 points, following Italy's Carolina Kostner with 4,111 points.
Kostner took the lead by consistently racking up points in a number of small competitions held in Europe. Mao Asada of Japan and Joannie Rochette of Canada are ranked third and fourth. Japan's Miki Ando, the winner of this season's Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup in Moscow and Grand Prix NHK Trophy, is in sixth place.
The ISU World Standings are based on skaters' performances in the three most recent seasons. Winning an Olympic gold medal or the World Champion title is worth 1,200 points, while winning the Grand Prix Final secures 800 points and a Grand Prix Series event 400 points. First place finishes at all other events are each worth 250 points.
Only one championship-level result and the top two lower-tier results are counted in a skater's ranking. The results of the current and intermediate seasons are valued at 100 percent, whereas the results from the previous season are valued at 70 percent.
Korean male skater Kim Min-seok is ranked 117th.
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