icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Russian figure skater Medvedeva sets world record in short program at PyeongChang

Russian figure skater Medvedeva sets world record in short program at PyeongChang
Eighteen-year-old Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has set a new world record for the short program at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games in South Korea, breaking her own record.

Medvedeva scored an 81.06 in the short program, putting her way ahead of Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner, who earned a 75.10. With her performance, Medvedeva not only scored 10 points for the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) figure skating team, but also broke the world record of 80.85, which she set last year at the World Team Trophy in Tokyo.

Soviet and Russian figure skaters have traditionally dominated pairs events since 1964, when Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov claimed the first gold for the USSR at the Innsbruck Games. Since then, several generations of Russian-born skaters have earned places on the Olympic podium, extending an impressive, decades-long winning streak.

With most leading Russian sports figures barred from the 2018 PyeongChang Games, Medvedeva’s performance showed Russia’s unwavering commitment to securing podium places. Medvedeva currently holds the world record for short program, free skate and combined total scores.

Watch "Of Ice and Fame" documentary on RTD website

If you like this story, share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.