Sergeyeva's case came to light shortly after 15-year-old Alina Zagitova led a Russian one-two in the women's figure skating, securing the first gold for the neutrally flagged Olympic Athletes from Russia team.
After performing her four-minute balletic "Don Quixote" routine, Zagitova scored 156.65, for a total of 239.57 points, leaving behind Medvedeva who performed Tolstoy's tragic Anna Karenina, with 238.26 points. Indeed, Women Figure Skating is set to find a victor tonight, and the American competitors appear unlikely to medal... yet two Russian teenagers are nearly certain to finish in first and second place, including Evgenia Medvedeva, one of the most famed Sailor Moon and anime fans on the planet. Zagitova broke the world record in the ladies short program on Wednesday, becoming the first athlete to collect nearly 83 points for her routine.
But Friday's victory by Zagitova was the second consecutive gold medal won by Russian women, who operate in a centralized training system in which the top skaters challenge each other daily in practice.
The Russian medal count at the Pyeongchang Games has been low because of the International Olympic Committee vetting process, bad luck, and - once again - doping. "I was really anxious because I knew I didn't have the right to make a mistake". The difference in their short programs wound up being the margin of difference between gold and silver medals.
As a shout of "Let's Go, Karen!" rang out from a 12,000-seat arena that never filled nor developed much of an atmosphere, Chen opened her sophisticated tango with a clean triple jump. The bronze went to Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, while figure skaters from the US showed the worst results over the past 75 years.
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The first coach of Russian figure-skating star Alina Zagitova said that the newly-crowned Olympic champion was a disobedient child with unlikely prospects of becoming a global star.
Russian Federation scored a gold medal in Women's figure skating, which left the United States' female skaters without any medals Friday. In hockey it's the Czech Republic vs. the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation and Canada vs. Germany to determine who will play for gold. She began with a triple loop, then landed a nice triple lutz/triple toe loop combo, followed by a triple flip.
But the team event, which only debuted in Sochi, became a mental roadblock for the U.S. The athletes seemed so overwhelmed by the euphoria of that medal that the rest of the Olympics felt like a burden at best - an afterthought at worst. "I think this is only the beginning". Now, she performs it in combination with the lutz, her signature element, which gives her an essential advantage over rivals in the technical score, " she added.
Zagitova's scoresheet from her free skate at the Olympics. While backloading isn't as much as a problem in the men's competition, skaters who can not perform a quad often lose out on extra points needed in order for them to come out on top.
"It doesn't matter what the circumstances are", Medvedeva told reporters when asked how she feels about the absence of her country's flag at the medal ceremony.
"It's just a revenge I get at the Olympic Games", she said. "I also haven't taken a warm shower because there are a lot of people on Team USA - somehow I keep trying to take a shower and all the hot water is gone". I had completely different feelings.
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