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Kim Yuna and Joannie Rochette shine on thin ice of emotion

By Julian LindenVANCOUVER (Reuters) - South Korea's Kim Yuna shrugged off the weight of expectation from her homeland to win figure skating gold on Thursday but Canada's Joannie Rochette won most hearts by overcoming heavy personal grief to claim a bronze medal.An extraordinary day of raw human emotion and unrelenting drama at the Vancouver Winter Olympics also saw Norwegian cross country skier Marit Bjoergen become the first triple gold medalist of the Games and Canada win the women's ice hockey to join Germany and the United States at the top of the medal standings.The Canadians beat the U.S. 2-0 to trigger wild celebrations at Canada Hockey Place -- and add to the suffocating pressure on the men's team to emulate their feat in the final event of the Games on Sunday.It was the evening figure skating, however, which provided Thursday's icing on the cake after another day of enthralling action on all competition arenas.Yuna, 19, showed poise and grace beyond her tender years to win the...

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