Games & medals
Do I live to skate or skate to live? If there wasn’t something I could put my everything into, life would be missing something. I live to skate."
Number of medals
2 Olympic medals
1 Olympic Games
Evgenia MEDVEDEVA biography
Along with Alina Zagitova, Medvedeva is one of the faces of Russian figure skating. She has huge amounts of ability: setting new scoring world records on 13 occasions – and is the first female skater to beat the 80 point mark in the short program and the 160 point mark in free skating.
She picked up two silver medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games - a career high point for the Moscow-born 20-year-old.
Medvedeva has also been world champion twice, in 2016 and 2017, the European champion twice (2016 and 2017), the Grand Prix champion twice (2015 and 2016) and is a double Russian Champion (2016, 2017). She was also a dominant presence in junior skating.
Having missed out on Olympic gold in PyeongChang 2018, Medvedeva is now laser focused on winning the biggest prize of all at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. She moved to Canada after PyeongChang, where she now trains in Toronto - replacing old coach Eteri Tutberidze with Brian Orser. “I feel at home in Canada,” she says. “My English is basic, but of course they understand. They know how to encourage me. We feel like a sports family. In this way, I am at home. But I still have a feeling that I am in a long term business trip. My whole family, friends are based in Russia. I really miss Russia very much but I know that Canada is better for me work wise.”
Medvedeva is a stylish and accomplished skater. She performs most of her jumps using the ‘Tano’ technique – with an arm over her head – and has several combinations using the triple toe loop. She is renowned for her consistency and ability to pull off difficult transitions.
Despite being a winter athlete, Medvedeva will attend the summer games at Tokyo 2020, after being named as an ambassador for the event. “It’s a little unusual to me,” she says. “But I am very happy that I will be able to feel an atmosphere of Olympic Games.” She has also recently unveiled what she calls ‘the program of my dreams’. It might just be enough to propel her to Olympic glory.