Russia's Zagitova beats Medvedeva's short program world record at Olympics

Russia's Zagitova beats Medvedeva's short program world record at Olympics

In her turn, Zagitova said the most important thing now is to give it 100 percent and have another clean performance on Friday. Her execution and artistry were superb.

"This is the best performance of my life, but there is still room to grow". She's the back-to-back defending World Champion, she holds the world records in the ladies' short program, free skate and combined total, and for a two-year span between November 2015 and 2017, she was never defeated-and it often wasn't close. Now, the three-time Canadian champion is out to add an individual medal to her gold from the team event.

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, second and third at last year's worlds, had varying success.

A solid jumper with a flair for characterization (in this season's free skate, she's Anna Karenina), Medvedeva is a staunch competitor who has had no competition.

Zagitova admitted that her meteoric rise has come faster than she expected.

"I'm trying not to think about medals", Medvedeva said.

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The team mates share renowned coaches Eteri Tutberidze and Sergei Dudakov, and also have a choreographer in common, Daniil Gleichengauz. The point-based scoring system, in place since 2004, has slowly revolutionized how skaters choreograph and execute their elements as they chase ever-higher scores. I have been fighting to keep this program and improving it at each event. "I was full of emotions, but they were happy emotions - to be at the Olympic Games". She earned a personal best of 78.78 points. She has an elegance about her that is so compelling, not to mention great speed and technique.

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Three skaters later came her training comrade, who put down a more hard program, including a triple lutz-triple loop combination that outdid Medvedeva's flip-toe loop combo.

"I barely remember my last Olympic experience, it was such a whirlwind", Osmond said. Following her step sequence, Miyahara hit a double axel and closed out with a sublime layback spin. Sidelined for two seasons by back injuries, the 20-year-old emerged seemingly out of nowhere to win bronze at Skate America in November, and she hasn't looked back since. She received level-four for her spins and step sequence.

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

"Miyahara - Lovely, Lovely program", Button wrote. It was not so bad for me. "It was a special sort of challenge for me and I'm excited for [the free skate]".

For the United States' chances at a medal, Bradie Tennell put up a 219.51 in her US Championships triumph, a score that very easily could get her on the podium in Pyeongchang. "It's not that I want to get out on the ice to prove anything, I just want to skate cleanly", Zagitova said. "I was laughing at myself". "It wasn't my best, but I am glad that I was the first one out there".

I see four other major contenders. The free skate starts Wednesday, February 21, at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

Button liked what he saw from Sakamoto and highlighted her ability to elevate.

Tennell picked music from the "Taegukgi" soundtrack, a popular South Korean film, to use as her short program. She uncharacteristically fell on her opening triple-triple combination, which left her with 64.01 points.

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