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Medvedeva is also eager to defuse any talk of a rivalry with Zagitova, the 15-year-old Russian who beat her to European gold last month, insisting she will support Zagitova in Monday's team free program.

Evgenia Medvedeva delivered 10 points to the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation in the team figure skating event by placing first in the ladies short program at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

But Russia's second silver in the Olympics was inevitable after a flawless performance in the women free skating event.

Medvedeva scored an 81.06 in the short program, putting her comfortably ahead of Carolina Kostner, who earned a 75.10.

Medvedeva nailed every element in a program that broke her own mark set previous year in another team event.

"I prepared for these Olympics like for a celebration", Medvedeva said.

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Medvedeva was the final skater to hit the ice and provided a almost flawless performance. Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond was third.

American Bradie Tennell set a season best; her score of 68.94 put her in fifth place, a mere 0.01 points behind Japan's Satoko Miyahara.

But the quartet were merely warm-up acts for the sport's leading lady. Last year, she became the only women's skater to win back-to-back world titles since Michelle Kwan in 2001.

The victor of the figure skating team event will be determined later in the day after the Ice Dance Free Dance competition. With Zagitova lying in wait next week it was vital Medvedeva produced something special here, and she didn't disappoint as she proved she had fully recovered from the broken foot that sidelined her for two months late past year.

"Yes, I felt a little bit nervous at the beginning of the program, but I just tried to stay calm and to be confident and I think it helped me", she added. The team event reaches its conclusion today with the men's free skate in which Canada rely on dual Sochi silver medalist Patrick Chan, followed by the women and ice dance free skate. "We had a lot of good looks and a lot of good chances, not just from one line but from all four lines".

- Teen sensation Red Gerard of the US nailed a tension-packed final jump on Sunday to win the slopestyle snowboarding and become the first Winter Olympic medallist born this century. I did the jump again a million times and I know I can nail it.

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