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Kostner makes season debut at Golden Spin

Reigning world champion lands clean triple-triple in short, struggles in free skate

Carolina Kostner is trying to pick up right where she left off last season.
Carolina Kostner is trying to pick up right where she left off last season. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(12/14/2012) - Carolina Kostner, the reigning world champion from Italy who sat out this fall's Grand Prix Series, made her first competitive appearance of the season this week at the Golden Spin of Zagreb.

In Friday's short, Kostner landed a triple loop, triple toe-triple toe combination and double Axel in her program to "A Transylvanian Lullaby" from the Young Frankenstein soundtrack and Giuseppe Tartini's "Devil's Trill Sonata." She received Level 4 for two of her spins and her step sequence, and her third spin rated Level 3, and she was rewarded with a score of 64.99.

Her free skate on Saturday went far less smoothly, with the skater landing just one clean triple jump in her "Bolero" program. Highlights of the performance included three Level 4 spins and a Level 4 step sequence that garnered a 1.63 grade of execution. Her segment score of 110.03 gave her a competition total of 175.02.

This past offseason, Kostner openly toyed with the idea of retirement but instead decided to stick it out through the next Olympics. In early August, she announced her withdrawal from her two Grand Prix assignments, Cup of China and Trophée Eric Bompard.

According to her official website, Kostner next plans to compete at the 2013 Italian Figure Skating Championships, Dec. 21-22 in Milan.

Kostner's return comes a week after another former world champion, Korea's Yu-Na Kim, made her first competitive appearance in almost 20 months, at the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany.