They aren't really hideous or extremely distracting gloves, anyways. You can barely see them.
I have a bigger issue with some of the sheer costumes she has worn, where you could basically see through them. The gloves are ignorable.
Regarding Kostner beating Sotnikova: Only a blind person would actually think that should be the case. Kostner's programs have always been pretty bad outside of *some* of the choreography and the step sequences. Tons of telegraphs and dead space from skating into jumps. Mediocre jumping. Terrible spinning, and "kind-of" odd jump layouts.
Sotnikova is like 6/6 on Triple Flips in her last two competitions. Has she finally vanquished that demon?