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Elene Gedevanishvili. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili Wednesday ended up in 17th place in the Sochi Olympics.

The 24-year old competed in the short program against 30 athletes at Iceberg Skating Palace.

Gedevanishvili received 54.70 point from the jury. That was enough to get in among the 24 competitors who will participate in the free program on February 20.

The first place in the short program went to South Korean Yuna Kim, who scored 74.92 points. She won in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Also Wednesday, two Georgian competed in giant slalom, but without success. Aleksandre Beniadze and Iason Abramishvili could not end the first race. They will participate in slalom on February 22.

The first Georgian athlete who competed in the Sochi Olympics was Nino Tsiklauri, who finished 49th in giant slalom on February 18.

These four sportsmen decided to compete in Sochi Olympics, though part of the Georgian public are against their athletes participating at Sochi, because of the situation with Russia propping up two breakaway regions with money and military bases. Sochi lies only 35 km from Abkhazia.