Evgenia Medvedeva victorious in Russia to keep hopes of World Championship appearance and third gold alive
Evgenia Medvedeva won the Russian Cup, despite a fall, to keep her hopes alive of making the World Championships next month.
The two-time World Champion knew she needed a good performance in Veliky Novgorod to have a chance of being one of the three Russian ladies selected for Saitama 2019. Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova, and European champ Sofia Samodurova are believed to have already guaranteed their spots on the plane to Japan with their performances throughout the season.
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Medvedeva had carried over a slim lead from the short program, and skated a solid free skate program on Friday (22nd February) to take victory with a combined score of 222.90 points.
The 19-year-old was the penultimate skater to take to the ice and had a shakey start to her free program, falling on her triple Salchow and triple loop combination. However she bounced back to cleanly finish the rest of her routine to take victory by 1.71 points.
“The Salchow-Rittberger mistake was due to the lack of work on it, but the most important thing was that after the failure I was not upset, like in France. I continued to skate, which I was very glad about.” - Evgenia Medvedeva to ria.ru
This season's Skate Canada winner, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, was second with 221.19 points while junior skater Viktoria Vasilieva was third with 208.75 points.
It's Medvedeva's first victory since moving to Canada and joining Brian Orser's coaching team. Her last win was the NHK Trophy in November 2017.
Orser previously told Olympic Channel that fans needed to give the Russian time and pleaded for patience throughout the process. One of her coaches, Tracy Wilson, was seen telling Medvedeva "You are a fighter" after she completed her free skate program.
Medvedeva has remained positive throughout, and after her win in Russia, said "It’s strange but I am grateful for my lack of luck. This season I became ten years older." according to ria.ru
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While Medvedeva's victory does boost her chances of making the squad, 2015 World Champion Tuktamysheva has been the more consistent skater of the two this season. She has finished on the podium in all six of her competitions, while 2016 and 2017 World Champ Medvedeva had only two prior to this victory.
Russia are expected to announce their team for the 2019 World Championships on the 25th or 26th of February.