Clark starts Canada's bid for fifth-straight Olympic gold

Clark starts Canada's bid for fifth-straight Olympic gold

The 18-year-old athlete with Armenian roots was awarded 81.06 points for her performance.

The two-time world champion revealed that she listened to EXO before her program and continued, "It's unreal inspiration and it really improved my mood".

Medvedeva didn't know for certain she would be going to the Olympics until late last month - not because of injury, but because of Russia's doping scandals.

According to the decision of the International Olympic Committee, Russian athletes compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under the Olympic flag.

Medvedeva got her invite, but two other Russian skaters were excluded. "It's been difficult, but I worked hard to be on stage at the PyeongChang Olympics". Russian teammate Adelina Sotnikova won gold.


Since then, several generations of Russian-born skaters have dominated places on the Olympic podium, extending an impressive winning streak for the country that lasted for several decades.

Four years later, Russian ladies are again the subject of focus from experts, but this time around they are trying to predict which of the girls will win gold in PyeongChang, admitting that Russian dominance in that figure skating program is undeniable.

Medvedeva and Lipnitskaya share the same coach - Eteri Tutberidze - but Medvedeva has a consistency that Lipnitskaya never quite achieved. Only 15, she won gold with Russian Federation in the team event on home ice to become the youngest Winter Olympic champion since 1936 and even got a hug from President Vladimir Putin. She demonstrated near-flawless skating in both short and free programs in Moscow, nailing all of her jumps, including a rarely seen triple Lutz-triple loop combination.

Medvedeva set the previous record at the 2017 World Team Trophy held in Tokyo, Japan. She answered, "I enjoy listening to EXO's songs".

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