Get to Know Russian Olympic Hope Alina Zagitova

Here's What You Need to Know Before Watching Women's Figure Skating Tonight

It's Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, then a race for the bronze medal

Zagitova's routine to "Black Swan" featured three triple jumps, including a triple Lutz and triple loop combination, and was awarded 82.92 points. Her friend and fellow countrywoman, Alina Zagitova, 15, are favored to win gold and silver, so get to know about her before she hits the ice. At the team event, she was chosen for the free skate and crushed the field, miles ahead of the heralded performance of Mirai Nagasu of the United States.

Medvedeva skated to Fredric Chopin's "Nocturn" in her short program. America's Tara Lipinski was also 15 when she topped the podium in Nagano in 1998, but was about a month younger than Zagitova. Medvedeva set a new world record score in the short program only to have Zagitova break it just minutes later. Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond is third, 4.5 points behind. If I perform it well, this will give the highest points in the world. Her world record winning program is built around the theme of "clinical death", and in the past she's courted controversy by skating to a track from "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" that included audio from the September 11 terrorist attacks. "I won't realize quickly I won today because one year ago, I was still skating juniors", she told reporters through a translator, per Reuters".

What must have spun through Yevgenia Medvedeva's head as she stared through Russian camera crews and interviewers, eyes locked on a TV screen in the mixed zone. Being that she's in the land of BTS, EXO, NCT 127, Monsta X and more, it's a good thing that Zhenya is a big fan of K-Pop, according to the Washington Post. When the women's competition begins Wednesday at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Mirai Nagasu, Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen will be trying to get the USA back on the Winter Games podium for the first time since 2006.

"I'm trying not to think about medals", Medvedeva said. "My main goal is to show a clean free skate and to be satisfied with performance inside", the 18-year-old continued.

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"I was a bit nervous at first, but once I got on the ice I was fine", Sakamoto said. Thompson will be competing in her first major race after she tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee during training in December, while Serwa sustained a knee injury in 2016. "It's not bitter or personal, but it's there". However, Satoko Miyahara and Kaori Sakamoto trail the athletes from Russian Federation by six and seven points heading into the final on February 23.

"I wanted to be more expressive and more open".

"We're not done yet". "And I hope I can do that in the free program. It was a special sort of challenge for me and I'm excited for [the free skate]".

The reigning US champion is skating first in the short program, the spot usually reserved for up-and-comers with no chance of a medal. She scored a 65.90 and is in 10th place behind Nagasu. Then came Alina, who knew no Russian showdown could be complete without a little Tchaikovsky: Skating to music from Black Swan in a literal tutu, our Swan Queen landed the most hard jumping combination attempted of any woman in the field in either program (the triple Lutz-triple loop).

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