Struggle for “gold”: Evgeny Medvedev and Alina Sagitova compete


Борьба за «золото»: Евгения Медведева и Алина Загитова соревнуются между собой
The situation in the women’s figure skating in Pyeongchang strained to the limit.

Борьба за «золото»: Евгения Медведева и Алина Загитова соревнуются между собой

Evgeny Medvedev and Alina Sagitova with coach Eteri Tutberidze

Photo: Sergey Savostyanov/TASS

These two fragile, but very confident girls — Evgeny Medvedev and Alina Sagitova today have a huge responsibility. The country is waiting for them the first Olympic “gold”. After the doping scandals losing the right to play under the flag of their country, unsuccessful performances of many Russian athletes, their skating seems to be “a breath of fresh air.” What Zhenya and Alina made the greatest contribution to our silver medal in the team competition in figure skating in Pyeongchang. And now the girls are fighting for the “gold” in individual competitions, beating the world record each other. The situation is interesting for the fact that the “rivals” one coach Eteri Tutberidze, who had coached another young hope of world sport Julia Lipnitskaya.

Evgenia Medvedeva was born in 1999 in Moscow. In figure skating, took her mother when she was 3.5 years. The choice of this sport is not accidental: the mother of Zhenya Jeanne Devyatova — a former figure skater. Interestingly, Medvedev is not the real name sports stars. Say that she took the name of the grandmother, more euphonious than her own — Babasyan.

To their star coach, Eteri Tutberidze, Eugene was in 2007 and after 4 years became a full member of the Russian national team. In his first Junior international championship in 2013, Medvedev won “bronze”. A year later she won first place in the final of the Junior Grand Prix. In October 2015, the first year of Medvedev began to speak in the “adult League” — and immediately began to take first place and beat the world records in women’s figure skating. The opponent was very strong, so it was impossible to relax even for a moment. For sports victories and results Medvedeva even had to quit school. She moved to individual learning, which, of course, was given a minimum of its free of ice time.

In the pre-Olympic season, which began in the fall of 2016, the year, Medvedev seemed to have outdone yourself. Despite some minor mistakes and errors in Catania, skater showed a “class” that the judges put her top marks. But, alas, last fall happened “terrible”: Medvedev withdrew from the competition in the Grand Prix final in Japan due to injury. As it turned out, to ride it hurt pain in my leg due to an old fracture of the metatarsal bone of the foot. In the end, Eugene has not received a medal, which she predicted everything. But now it is clear that the decision was correct. Medvedev managed to recover. Brilliantly she performed at the European Championships in Moscow in the beginning of 2018, giving the victory of the very young star Aline Sagitova…

Борьба за «золото»: Евгения Медведева и Алина Загитова соревнуются между собой

Alina Sagitova

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Борьба за «золото»: Евгения Медведева и Алина Загитова соревнуются между собой

Evgeny Medvedev

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