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Miriam Ziegler

Anna Jurkiewicz

A tight twirl

Personal best

Laura Lepisto

Japan's Asada spins into second

Korea's gold-medal favorite

Yu-Na Kim

Yu-Na Kim

Skating through grief

Done skating, tears flow

Miriam Ziegler of Austria, one of the early skaters at ladies' figure skating event, spins through the air during her short program routine.

Ziegler was one of 30 skaters to perform on Tuesday.

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Anna Jurkiewicz of Poland skates in her short program on Tuesday at Pacific Coliseum.
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Russian Ksenia Marakova twists through the air during her short program on Tuesday.
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Anastasia Gimazetdinova of Uzbekistan was not one of the top skaters, but she did turn in her best short program of the season.
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Finland's Laura Lepisto got a warm reception from the Finnish fans in the crowd as she skated on Tuesday.
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Japan's Mao Asada spins through the air as part of a stellar performance that landed her in second place heading into the long program.
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Yu-Na Kim of Korea won the crowd over with her performance to a James Bond medley.
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Kim's stellar form was rewarded with record marks from the judges, putting her in first place by a significant margin after Tuesday's short program.
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The James Bond medley that Yu-Na Kim skated to helped explain the "007"-themed signs held up by several Korean fans as she took to the ice.
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Canada's Joannie Rochette skated despite the sudden death of her mother. Rochette received a standing ovation as she took to the ice.
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After skating an emotional and clean routine, Rochette finally lets the tears flow as the crowd delivers an outpouring of support.
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