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Zagitova triumphs in war of ice princesses

Zagitova triumphs in war of ice princesses

The 15-year-old Zagitova edged her friend and training partner Evgenia Medvedeva to end the gold drought for the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

In third place after the short program, Osmond stepped out of her opening triple Lutz but recovered to cleanly complete her free skate routine.

The training partners embraced after the competition, exchanging congratulations.

Being able to hit that combination was crucial to Zagitova's routine, and to her gold medal win.

"I think there is a kind of justice and reason that will triumph", he said. "Everything is still ahead".

Medvedeva had trouble hiding her disappointment. "At first, I didn't want to include her in my group, because she was a disobedient kid who instead of training preferred to have fun and play", she said. But she cracked a bone in her right foot this season at the same time Zagitova emerged as a formidable contender. I think that Zhenia is her role model in life, in behaviour, in her way to work.

And when the Gangneung Ice Arena announcer came over the tannoy with a hush descending on the near capacity 12,000 crowd to say "Alina Zagitova has scored 156.65 points" there wasn't a happier person in South Korea.

But the best explanation of Zagitova's win lies in the current figure skating scoring system - which favors jumps - and Zagitova's ability to hit the most hard jumping combination in the women's field: a triple lutz-triple loop. "They're consistent and do everything that the sport is asking for. That is just something that everyone else has to try to keep up with".

The ice-cool Zagitova amassed 239.57 points to take the top step on the podium on a day in which bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva became the second Russian athlete to fail a drugs test at the Games.

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Russians in Pyeongchang are competing as neutrals, a penalty imposed over allegations that the nation had systematically manipulated anti-doping testing at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Zagitova's gold medal is the first for the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation in these Games.

Kaetlyn Osmond, who had considered quitting the sport, won bronze to give Canada four overall medals in figure skating.

Eteri Tutveridze knows the two skaters as well as anyone, having coached them to Olympic gold and silver.

Zagitova, the girl in a red ballerina's costume has enjoyed a sensational debut season on the senior circuit.

She had got the better of Medvedeva in last month's European Championships, and came out on top again to become the second youngest Olympic ladies champion after American Tara Lipinski in 1998.

Medvedeva had set a world points mark in the short program, and a few minutes, later her countrywoman beat it. "She came to our rink (in Izhevsk) when she was six years of age, she didn't join my group immediately, as I worked with kids who were older than her".

"I'm trying to close the gap [with the Russian skaters] as little as I can", the 22-year-old said.

The Russian supporters in the stands took it upon themselves to make up for the quasi anonymity of the athletes and to push back against the International Olympic Committee's punishment.


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