GANGNEUNG, South Korea – What must have spun through Yevgenia Medvedeva’s head as she stared through Russian camera crews and interviewers, eyes locked on a TV screen in the mixed zone.
Medvedeva, the 2016 and 2017 world champion, undefeated for two years until late January, had finished her Olympic short program 15 minutes earlier. She scored a personal best. A personal best for her is always a world record.
But on the TV, the 18-year-old Medvedeva saw the score of her training partner, 15-year-old Alina Zagitova. It was better.
“I’m satisfied with my performance,” Medvedeva said shortly after, “but as you see it’s not enough.”