Winter Olympics figure skating: Tied scores, talent shows and no hot water

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Zagitova, a 15-year-old skating phenomenon, and Medvedeva, 18, tied in the free-skating program in a rare occurrence.

"I haven't fully realized yet that I've won", Zagitova stated.

Weir on Medvedeva and Zagitova: "Both of them are worthy champions of this Olympic Games".

"This is the direction line I am working on with the intent to make a radical change for the future development of the sport, hoping to bring back the popularity that figure skating used to have in the past", Italy's Fabio Bianchetti, the chair of the ISU Single & Pair Skating Committee, wrote to IceNetwork in an email.

"I really felt the tension today and after the false start the nerves were running through my body, but now it doesn't matter anymore".

The American women didn't come close to sniffing a medal in these games, turning in their worst performance in modern-day Olympic history.

Chen talked about boot problems in her morning practice session; about this being her first Olympics; about not being around her mother "24/7" at the Athletes Village, where families aren't allowed.

"It's just a revenge I get at the Olympic Games", she said.

"I went back to my training", Osmond said about her approach to the free skate, a program that has been troublesome for her this season.

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No U.S. woman had finished below sixth place since figure skating was introduced to the first Winter Olympics in 1908. Now, she performs it in combination with the lutz, her signature element, which gives her an essential advantage over rivals in the technical score, " she added.

After Osmond was unable to leapfrog Zagitova, the first OAR gold medal was confirmed as Medvedeva was the last to compete.

Zagitova sounded older than her years when politely declining to answer a question about the medal ceremony that won't include her country's flag or national anthem.

"She was literally a junior past year; it's even hard for me to understand that", Lipinski said of Zagitova.

"I am realizing that all the work I have put in on the way to this Olympic Games was not in vain".

"I think the biggest difference (between Russian Federation and other countries) is that the children and their parents come to the ice rink with the goal to achieve something in the sport; in the West, they go to the ice rink to have fun", she said. "When I learned that I'd come first I felt very happy, but also very empty".

Bronze went to Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, a winter sports powerhouse that has otherwise dominated the figure skating competition, easily winning the team gold medal in the event. "I wanted to finish with a smile and was able to do that".

For the United States, the Olympic medal drought among US women's figure skaters, who for decades set the standard of excellence in the sport, continues. She later said it had never happened before. "I missed the triple loop, but the other jumps were good". I left everything on the ice. With a tiara and powder-blue sequined dress, she set out to portray the "Cinderella" of her music.

"It builds them into fierce competitors because they're competing every day", said American Tom Zakrajsek, who coaches Nagasu. But even though the numbers can explain why that outcome wasn't reversed, something about the system still feels imperfect.

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