A heat to remember, letting us forget the nightmare of Vancouver 2010 and confirming Carolina Kostner among the elite of figure skating. Her score was 70.84, a personal best and 2nd place behind the home champion, Yulia Lipnitskaya, the remarkable Russian, who scored 72.90. The Japanese Mao Asada was 3rd. Carolina is enchanting on her 27th birthday, displaying a technique that drew applause and doing it with a disarming naturalness that erases bad memories. Flowers rain down from the stands and she responds with a smile, changing history and letting Italy reach 5th place in the team competition and progress to the next phase. In the evening the pairs free skating event – Berton-Hotarek finish 3rd (partial 120.82), in the final classification of the day Italy is 4th with 31 points. The USA in 3rd place have 34. Tomorrow the medals are awarded for the team competition.