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Evgenia Medvedeva Wins Gold: 16-Year-Old Skater Wows With Record Performance

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Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia celebrates with her gold medal on the awards podium. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

By    |   Monday, 04 Apr 2016 10:35 AM

Evgenia Medvedeva, the 16-year-old Russian figure skating phenom, won gold at the world championships with a record 150.10 points in the free skate Saturday.

Medvedeva’s score broke Yuna Kim's record set during the 2010 Olympics, The Associated Press reported. The record-breaking performance, which included seven triple jumps, was enough to boost the skater to the championship, up from third place after the short program.

"I won't realize quickly I won today because one year ago I was still skating juniors," Medvedeva said through a translator.

The AP described Medvedeva’s performance as “both youthful and mature at the same time.”

American Ashley Wagner, 24, also skated a personal best and ended in second place, up from fourth, the AP said. Wagner is the first U.S. woman to earn a medal in the world championships in a decade. Bronze went to Anna Pogorilaya of Russia.

U.S. skater Gracie Gold, the reigning U.S. champion who led after the short program, finished in fourth place.

Wagner’s personal best scores in the free skate (142.23) and in total points (215.39) drew a standing ovation, The Boston Globe reported.

“This is absolutely incredible because that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Wagner said, according to the Globe. “I don’t think anyone can prepare you for skating last at the World Championships after your rival has skated a great performance, knowing that the entire ladies field has skated pretty phenomenally."

“To go out there feeling the way I did, being as terrified as I was and finding a way to get into the ice and have access to the skater I’ve been in training, that is unbelievable.”

Wagner’s last performance at TD Garden in 2014 was disappointing, KHOU.com reported. She placed fourth at the U.S. trials but was placed on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team by a committee vote.

“My two experiences in here were equally as dramatic, and this is definitely the one I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Wagner said, according to KHOU.com.

Congratulations were shared on Twitter.










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