Medals Ceremony – Figure Skating – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women Single Skating free skating – Medals Plaza – Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 23, 2018 – Gold medalist Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, and bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada on the podium. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
12:04 PM 02/23/2018
Russia scored a gold medal in Women’s figure skating, which left the United States’ female skaters without any medals Friday.
Women’s figure skating led to a surprising defeat for the United States with Russia snaring the gold and silver, according to the New York Post.
Fifteen-year-old Russian Alina Zagitova received the gold medal for her performance in the women’s short program. Friend and fellow skating-partner Evgenia Medvedeva, 18, took the silver. The female figure-skating results in Pyeongchang are the worst turnout for the United States in the Olympics.
(Alina Zagitova | Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)
“My hands were shaking, but my body was doing everything I’d trained to do,” Zagitova said. “I can’t believe I’m the champion.” The Russian victory comes after an International Olympic Committee-assessed doping scandal when the IOC banned Russia from competing in December.
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