Here's How The Russians Just Dominated Women's Figure Skating

2018 Winter Olympic Games- Season 2018

Alina Zagitova of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation smashed the world record to take the lead after the women's short program at Gangneung Ice Arena on Wednesday. Medvedeva set a new world record score in the short program only to have Zagitova break it just minutes later.

Yulia Lipnitskaya, then only 15, stole the world's heart at the 2014 Olympic Games winning both short program and free skate in the team competition, the latter with a moving portrayal of the "girl in the red coat" while skating to the theme of "Schindler's List".

In her enforced absence, Zagitova had stolen the skating spotlight, and on this form she may well do so again as she attempts to become the second-youngest ladies' Olympic skate champion behind American Tara Lipinski, who won the 1998 gold medal aged 15 years, eight months and 10 days.

Moments after training partner and two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva had broken her own world mark, Zagitova took the ice and topped it by more than a point with a score of 82.92 points.

No U.S. woman will be in the final group of an Olympic free skate for the first time in recent memory, perhaps ever. "It was not my best, but it was OK", she said. "My main goal is to show a clean free skate and to be satisfied with performance inside", the 18-year-old continued. It was very special and on this dynamic stage and I am happy to skate here.

"I no longer see the flair of Peggy Fleming, or the personality of Dorothy Hamill, or the beauty of Katarina Witt".

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It's a testament to the strength of her teammates, Medvedeva and Zagitova, that Sotskova flies under the radar.

Olympic figure skating gold medal contender Alina Zagitova was prevented from conducting a full training session today, after a doping officer interrupted the Russian's practice in PyeongChang. For her free skate, to Afternoon of a Faun, she may be wearing a spangled green jumpsuit that has already prompted comparisons to Gumby. She is the top ranked US woman headed into the free skate in ninth place with 66.93 points. She won the Grand Prix final earlier this season with Medvedeva out injured. This is Zagitova's first season competing as a senior (or elite-level) skater.

Tennell, the day's first skater, fell on her opening triple-triple combination.

For more in-depth coverage of the ladies' short program, check out Olympic Ice featuring analysts Kristi Yamaguchi, Charlie White and Ben Agosto.

"I think it's just that each of us have been through so many experiences and ups and downs". Karen Chen, 18, was fourth at the world championships a year ago. That capitalizes on a scoring system that awards a 10% bonus to hard moves performed toward the end, based on the idea that it's easier to land jumps early in a program when the skater is fresh. She continues to up her scores.

"I'm not one of those women who can stop a horse at a gallop and enter the burning house", she told a Russian skating magazine. She was able to recover to complete her triple flip-triple toe combination and her triple loop and is now in 9th place with a score of 66.93.

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