Evgenia Medvedeva Fun Facts – All About 2018 US Olympic Figure Skater Evgenia Medvedeva

Evgenia Medvedeva Fun Facts – All About 2018 US Olympic Figure Skater Evgenia Medvedeva

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At just 18, Evgenia Medvedeva is not only Russia’s top figure skater, but arguably the best figure skater in the world right now, and a maj gold-medal contender for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. But as a result of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from the PyeongChang Games following a doping scandal at the 2014 Sochi Games, she will be skating as a neutral athlete, and not under her country’s flag (more on this below).

That is, if she decides to skate at all. The IOC’s decision to ban Russia means Evgenia will have to compete as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR). In a press conference following the announcement, she revealed she was unsure about competing under such conditions. “I can not accept the option that I would compete in the Olympic Games without the Russian flag,” she explained in a press conference following the IOC’s result. “I am proud of my country, it is a great honor for me to represent it at the Games… The Olympic Charter states that all athletes should have equal opportunities. And in this case there can be no question of equality.”

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So if she chooses to compete in PyeongChang, Evgenia will no doubt be catching the world’s attention on the ice. And if she’s not there, well, that’d be pretty note-worthy too (aside from the fact that it almost certainly opens up a spot on the medal podium for her rivals). Ahead of the Games, then, here’s what you need to know about her.

1. Needing better posture is what got her into figure skating. “I was given figure skating not because my mother skated, although this also played a role, but because I did not have a very good figure,” she told The Figure Skating Federation of Russia. “True, [my] shoulder blades are still sticking out, but it seems to me that the figure skating outwardly ennobled me.”

2. She doesn’t run away from doubts (“bugs”) that fill her head before a competition. “You need these bugs because they make you disciplined,” she told CBC. She added that without it, she would become too relaxed and make mistakes, but there’s a con to it as well. “Too many of these bugs can cause you horrible problems too, when they start eating at you from inside.”

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3. But she is very afraid of butterflies, apparently? “I am madly afraid of butterflies,” Evgenia told Sputnik News. “I don’t care what they are: beautiful or ugly, moths or butterflies. I’m terribly afraid of all of them!”

4. Being an athlete and a student isn’t always easy for her. “It is difficult to study and have a sports career, but it is important,” she told RT. “Sometimes I’m so tired after practice that I have no energy for homework but the teachers still ask me to have things done. They don’t yell at me, but could make me feel embarrassed.”

5. She’s a two-time World and European Champion. She won both competitions in 2016 and 2017, and became the first woman to win back-to-back Worlds since Michelle Kwan in 2001.

6. And she’s broken all sorts of other records too. As of December 2017, she holds the world record for the ladies’ free skate, short program, and combined total scores.

7. Her signature move is jumping with her arms above her head. Most figure skaters hold their arms tight to their body while they jump.

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8. She’s also known for incorporating facial expressions and acting into her routines.“I do mimicry and pantomime, but I also use my voice at the start of my short program,” she told Ice Network. “As soon as I skate to my music during each run-through, I do mimicry and pantomime. They are a part of my programs, as they belong to the second (components) mark. So I need to practice them each time.”

9. Her Starbucks order of choice is a caramel frappuccino, and she’s not afraid to meme it:

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But she’d pass on the Sbux baked goods. “I’m not a fan of cakes and pastries,” she told SovSport.ru. “If there is a choice to eat something very high-calorie or fruit and vegetables, I will choose fruits and vegetables, because I will get exactly [the same] pleasure as [I would] from a cake.”

10. Her love for Sail0r Moon is unmatched. She performed at a figure skating exhibition in a Sailor Moon costume to prove it.

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She even keeps a plush toy of Luna from the manga series handy while waiting for her scores!

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(Evgenia is also a big fan of Yuri!!! On Ice, go figure.)

11. She’s a K-Pop fan too. Her favorite group is Exo.

12. And you might see her on the silver screen in the future. “I did think about acting,” she told Ice Network. “I just want to be a coach first. Then, maybe later, I’ll be a choreographer. Then we’ll see! But maybe I’ll change my mind, you know (she thinks). Maybe I won’t. Some time ago, I wanted to be either an astronaut or a designer!”

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