Unstoppable Zagitova sets another world record at season-opener in Germany
The 16-year-old trailblazer brilliantly executed her free program routine on Friday, posting a score of 158,50, which is a new world record in the event. Her overall score of 238,43 points is also a new world record under the new figure skating rules.
Zagitova’s interpretation of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen left the judges unanimously impressed as they awarded the skater impressive scores for both her technical elements and components. Two days earlier, the 2018 Olympic champion broke the world record in the short program, surpassing her rivals by more than eight points.
Zagitova’s result was almost nine points higher than Evgenia Medvedeva’s short program score in Canada, where the two-time world champion won silver. Zagitova’s performance in Germany triggered intense discussion on social media with fans trying to predict the outcome of the girls’ rivalry this season.
Medvedeva, who had been the number one candidate to clinch gold at the 2018 Winter Games, made a U-turn in her career following her second-place finish in PyeongChang. She parted ways with her previous coach, Eteri Titberidze, who guided Zagitova to Olympic gold, and moved to Canada to train under renowned figure skating specialist Brian Orser.
Medvdeva said the two will not face each other during Grand Prix stages, with their first encounter potentially taking place at the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver in December.