Medvedeva scored an 81.06 in the short program, putting her comfortably ahead of Carolina Kostner, who earned a 75.10.
As a group of her countrymen chanted "well done", Medvedeva smiled widely and skated off to hear her marks. The 18-year-old headed to Pyeongchang as the skater to beat, and she showed why Sunday. "I feel more confident because of them".
Sunday Tennell overcame one last-minute setback, a botched combination in the final minute of her warm-up.
Medvedeva didn't know for certain she would be going to the Olympics until late last month - not because of injury, but because of Russia's doping scandals.
Since then, several generations of Russian-born skaters have dominated places on the Olympic podium, extending an impressive winning streak for the country that lasted for several decades. This achievement comes after the skater's tumultuous year after recovering from a broken bone in her foot. The gold went to the Canadian team with 73 points and the U.S. team was awarded the bronze with 62 points.
Lipnitskaya looked like an individual gold medal contender but finished fifth after errors on both skates amid a blizzard of publicity. The U.S. will rely on their top line consisting of Coyne, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel to produce offensively throughout the tournament as they try to avenge their gut-wrenching loss against Canada in the gold-medal game during the 2014 Sochi Games.
With four more events to go, Canada is in first place overall with 35 points.
As reported earlier, past year she broke her own world record with a combined score of 233.41 points and became the first woman to win consecutive world titles.
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Preliminary Round Match - Finland v U.S. - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Madeline Rooney and Sidney Morin of the U.S.in action with Emma Nuutinen of Finland. They clutched and grabbed and hacked and slashed to try and slow down the four-time defending Olympic champions, using any means they could to contain their faster and stronger opponents.
"It's really important that she supports me all the time, skating or no skating", Medvedeva said of Bobrova.
"She's my teammate", Medvedeva said, "and tomorrow I will be cheering for Alina so hard".
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