Both skaters train with the same coaches. Zagitova effortlessly landed a total of seven triple jumps, including a triple Lutz. Her final overall score was a whopping 239.57 points. Medvedeva trailed by just 1.31 points overall. Kaetlyn Osmond from Canada, who won the bronze medal, trailed Medvedeva by more than seven points after skating an almost-flawless skate, save for her stepping out of her triple Lutz attempt.
Medvedeva was favored to win gold at PyeongChang until a foot fracture in late 2017 prevented her from competing in the Grand Prix Final. It would prove fateful, since Zagitova would compete at the Grand Prix, her first “senior” competition. In January 2018, Medvedeva returned to competition at Moscow’s European championships but was handily defeated by Zagitova.