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

Just minutes after Evgenia Medvedeva set a world record in the women's short program, her teammate bested her, setting up an intense final event.
Posted at 5:10 PM, Feb 21, 2018

It's hard to say which is more impressive: setting a world record or watching a skater's teammate steal their thunder minutes later.

That's exactly what happened Wednesday local time during the women's figure skating short program at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Olympic Athletes from Russia figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva is one of the best figure skaters in the world. She showed everyone why by setting a world record with 81.61 points. Keep in mind, the 18-year-old had a broken bone in her foot just last fall. 

Minutes later, her younger teammate and training partner Alina Zagitova skated a damn-near-flawless program and earned 82.92 points. 

Before Wednesday, the world record for the short program had been set by Medvedeva earlier this year, Medvedeva in 2017, Medvedeva in 2016 and Mao Asada from Japan in 2014. 

Here's what else made Wednesday's routines from Medvedeva and Zagitova so impressive: According to international skating rules, women's short program competitors must complete four jumps in their program. As The New York Times points out, both OAR skaters completed their jumps in the second half of their routines, when skaters are the most winded.

Medvedeva and Zagitova will compete against Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond, who placed third, and a field of 21 other competitors Friday in the women's free skate.