(S)hero: Evgenia Medvedeva; 2016 ISU Grand Prix Champion

Image Credit: By David W. Carmichael – Evgenia Medvedeva at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games – Awarding ceremony, CC BY 3.0,

Updated March 2021

At 17 years of age, Russia’s Evgenia Armanovna Medvedeva (Евгения Армановна Медведева) won her second gold medal at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Marseille, France on December 10th, 2016. She is also the 2016 World Champion, as well as the 2016 European Champion. She is the current world record holder for both the lady’s Short Program (79.21) and Free Skate (150.10). Medvedeva is also the only female singles skater to win gold in the senior division of Worlds the year after she won gold in the junior division. She is able to pull of several high difficulty combination jumps ending in a Triple Toe, including the Triple Salchow-Triple Toe, the Triple Loop-Triple Toe, and the Triple Flip-Triple Toe.

Evgenia has been skating since she was three year old. She joined the Olympic Reserve Sports School no. 37 in 2008, and made her Senior National debut in 2012. Her international debut was in 2013 in the 2013-14 season if the ISU Junior Grand Prix, where she won gold in Riga, Latvia and Gdańsk, Poland. In 2015, she became old enough to compete in the senior division of the ISU Grand Prix in Barcelona, where she won gold in both Skate America and the Grand Prix Final.

Her Short Program for the 2016 Grand Prix was to the music “River Flows in You” by Yiruma and “The Winter” by Balmorhea, and was choreographed by Ilia Averbukh, who also choreographed her Free Skate program to “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”.

Evgenia is an inspiration to many young girls around the world, whether in Figure Skating or otherwise, because of her determination and commitment to what she does best. She has a large following on social media with as very popular twitter (@JannyMedvedeva) and Instagram (@jmedvedevaj). Evgenia Medvedeva is a superb example of young ability, and she shows the world that you do not have to be an adult to try hard and succeed in your passions.

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  • Blaire

    WOW! She is an inspiration!

    February 21, 2017 at 4:34 am
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