Top figure skater Medvedeva says Russian athletes ready for Pyeongchang games

Following allegations of mass doping the IOC ruled Russia’s athletes may not participate in the 2018 games under the Russian flag

(TASS) – Russian figure skater Yevgeniya Medvedeva said on Thursday that everyone at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea would know that she and other athletes are representing Russia although the national team would be participating in the Games under the neutral status.

“Indeed, we are not yet at the Olympics,” the two-time world champion in figure skating told a news conference. “Although we will be participating under the white flag, we are still the Olympic Athletes of Russia and we are representing our country.”

“Everything has been decided and it is a great honor to have a chance of representing our country,” Medvedeva told journalists after short program competitions of the 2018 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow.

Medvedeva showed the second best result in short program today having earned from judges 78.57 points. Her compatriot Alina Zagitova showed the best result having received impressive 80.27 points. Italy’s Carolina Kostner is third with the result of 78.30 points.

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