In the genes
Medvedeva’s mother was also a professional figure skater and her daughter was on the ice almost as soon as she could walk. Evgenia took up skating at the age of three and enrolled at the Olympic Reserve Sports School in Moscow when she was eight. Her progress ever since has been meteoric.
Taking the senior ranks by storm
The Russian dominated the 2015 Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, setting a new record in the short programme on her way to gold. A year later, having just entered the senior ranks at the age of 16, Medvedeva won the World Championships in Boston, USA. Her free score of 150.10 was a new world record, surpassing Yuna Kim’s mark. Medvedeva was the first woman to win back-to-back junior and senior World Championships and no-one was in any doubt that a star had been born.
The 2017 World Team Trophy in Tokyo, Japan, was quite a competition for Medevedeva. She became the first woman to score more than 80 in the short programme, the first to surpass 160 in the free and the first to go beyond 240 overall. Needless to say, she placed first!
Medvedeva is renowned for performing jumps with one arm above her head, a technique called the ‘Tano variation’, after Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic figure skating champion from the USA.
The star has been nicknamed the ‘Iron Princess’. Her coach, Eteri Tutberidze, said that on her first international appearance as a junior, in 2012, she skated with one arm in a cast, hidden under her costume. And in 2015 she fell during practising at Skate America, crashing into the hoardings. She went on to win and it was only when she got home to Russia that it was discovered she had fractured her elbow.
— Evgenia Medvedeva (@JannyMedvedeva) November 1, 2016