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Russian figure skaters win Olympics silver in team competition

12 February 2018

Of course, to Medvedeva, who will step aside Monday for European champion Alina Zagitova - her training partner who snapped Medvedeva's two-year winning streak at Euros.

As a group of her countrymen chanted "well done", Medvedeva smiled widely and skated off to hear her marks.

Before the beginning of individual skating events in PyeongChang, both athletes will have a chance to polish their programs in the team event, which four years ago brought Russian Federation the first figure skating gold at the Sochi Games.

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After Sunday's concluding pairs free dance Canada, silver medallists in Sochi four years ago, led on 45 points from Medvedeva's OAR on 39 with the United States in third on 36.The 18-year-old Muscovite was poised, polished and foot ideal in her short programme to Chopin's Nocturne.

Her run-up to the Moscow championships were hampered by a two-month injury lay-off.

But with the Russian tricolour waving in the stands the judges rewarded the Muscovite's routine - which began with a triple flip, triple toeloop combination - a career-best 81.06.

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Not even a record performance by Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva could put much of a crimp in Team Canada's pursuit of Olympic gold.

Defending champions Russian Federation needed a big performance from Medvedeva after Mikhail Kolyada flopped in his men's short programme on Friday.

The duo kept the Sochi 2014 silver medallists in control with their samba rhumba cha cha routine earning maximum points.

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Soviet and Russian figure skaters have traditionally dominated pairs events since 1964, when Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov claimed the first gold for the USSR at the Innsbruck Games.

Russian figure skaters win Olympics silver in team competition