Evgenia Medvedeva retained her world figure skating title on Friday to make her the standout for Olympic gold next year.
Medvedeva broke her own world record total score with 233.41 points as she became the first woman to win back-to-back titles since 2001.
The 17-year-old Russian's free program ended with an expression of despair as her character learned she lost a loved one, but that quickly turned to a broad grin of satisfaction with another impeccable skate.
“I skated well and had fun,” she said. “Usually I don't think about places, about records, I'm just trying to show my best and a clean skate.”
Medvedeva's success bucks a recent trend for Russian...