Evgenia Medvedeva answers doubters with world record skate
By Scott Reid
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — One of the biggest questions heading into the Olympic Games was whether Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva was healthy?
A cracked metatarsal in her right foot kept her out of this season’s Grand Prix final and the Russian championships. She was named to the Russian Olympic team, Olympic Athletes from Russia squad, only after finishing second to countrywoman Alina Zagitova at the European Championships in late January.
With her world record-setting performance the women’s short program segment of the team competition at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Sunday morning, Medvedeva, 18, seemed to say to the skeptics “any other questions?”
Medvedeva answered any doubts about her health or her supremacy over the rest of her sport by breaking her own short program world record with a 81.66, finishing more than six points ahead of runner-up Carolina Kostner of Italy, and propelling the OAR into first place in the team standings.
“I prepared for these Olympics like for a celebration,” Medvedeva said.
OAR leads the competition with 35 points, followed by Canada (31), and the U.S. (29) with the pairs free skate Sunday and Monday’s finals remaining.
Unlike Friday’s men’s short program, Sunday’s event was marked by exceptional performances even before Medvedeva took the ice.
U.S. champion Bradie Tennell posted a season’s best short program score of 68.94.
“It hit me when I finished,” Tennell said. “I looked up and I could see the (Olympic) rings. And I thought ‘wow, you just did that on Olympic ice. That’s pretty cool.’”
Bradie Tennell, of the United States performs in the ladies single figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Even so the score was only good enough for fifth place at the end of the day. Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond is third (71.38 […]