Alina Zagitova from Russia has broken the record in figure skating, the 15-year-old stole the show while America's Lindsey Vonn wound up her Olympic downhill career by becoming the oldest female alpine ski medallist in Games history.
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Zagitova broke the world record set just minutes earlier by her team-mate, 18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva. The victory has put the Russians top of the standings ahead of Friday's free skate, where she’ll attempt to outdo Tara Lipinski in becoming the youngest women's singles figure skating champion since in 1998.
The next thing for them is to win the first gold of the Games for the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
"We are friends, we are young girls, we can talk about anything with each other," said Medvedeva, 18, who like Zagitova is making her Olympic debut.
"But on the ice, we must fight, I feel like it's a little war, when you skate you are alone," added the double world champion. America’s Vonn, 33, was trying to get the second downhill title in her final Olympics, however, it didn’t happen as she finished third behind Italy's Sofia Goggia and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.
Vonn was enthused to have made it to the podium after a series of injuries threatened to wreck her career. "If you think what's happened over the last eight years and what I've been through to get here, I gave it all and to come away with a medal is a dream come true," said Vonn. "You've got to put things into perspective. Of course, I would have loved a gold medal but, honestly, this is amazing and I'm so proud."
In other action, Russian skier Sergey Ridzik recovered from a crash in the ski cross final to take bronze, behind Canada's Bredy Leman and Marc Bischofberger of Switzerland. Ridzik went down early in the race but he got up, clambered to the top of a slope and restarted his run, coming in behind the front two as Canada's Kevin Drury did not make it.