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ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia

Medvedeva: I’m not going to let the scepter

Her mother, a former figure skater, brought her to her beloved sport as early as a three years old girl. Later, in 2008, Evgenia Medvedeva enrolled the Olympic Reserve Sports School in Moscow to Eteri Tutberidze, a young dragon among the Russian coaches. The little girl continuously asked her in the training to jump increasingly more difficult jumps.

On the ice Evgenia also strengthened her own psyche. “Sport is about overcoming pain and pressure. Weak people do not belong in the sport,” she says.
At twelve, she won her first junior Grand Prix and then the other. In 2014, she also became the World Junior Champion and as a fifteen-year-old she entered the adult’s category.

Evgenia MEDVEDEVA (RUS) Ladies Free Skating ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia

“I prefer competing at the adult´s level,” she confided to reporters. “Because of that I travel much more to distant countries like China, Japan or America.”
She has always amazed by her immense diligence. “In the morning I wake up and work hard until the evening. I do not regret,” she assured. “I’m enjoying it. If I did not enjoy it, I would be lying on the couch at home; I would be fat and gained only bad marks at school.”
At the trainings, she could perform programs even with five difficult triple combinations. “And then she arrives and looks as if she sat down for a coffee,” Czech coach Rudolf Brezina watched with amazement.
After the triumph in the Grand Prix final last year she ruled in Bratislava for the first time at the European Championship and stretched the continental domination of Russian teenage girls.
In 2014, gold went to Yulia Lipnitskaya.
A year later, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.
And now, Evgenia Medvedeva.

To turn this already magnificent season in a fairy tale, it remained to get one more title: the world one.
Up to 20.000 visitors sat on the stands of the Boston arena in March. “I’ve never performed in front of so many people who also sit so close to the ice,” a small Russian told. But she was not afraid.

She showed a flawless performance with a cascade of triple jumps, which the judges appreciated with 150.10 points. He broke the world record in free skate! She put her hand to her mouth open wide unbelieving.
She beat the home star Ashley Wagner and was crowned the world’s gold. She laughed and danced with joy. “I still feel like it was just a dream. That somebody wakes me up and tells me to go to school,” she confided.
It was not a dream. At sixteen, she reined all figure skaters. And if at the beginning of the current season, when she dominated the Canadian skate, she gave it all clear: I’m not going to let the scepter.