However, the 15-year-old Russian figure skater from Izhevsk, Alina Zagitova, performed astonishingly, receiving 158.08 points, eventually securing victory in the women's event.
The 18-year-old Medvedeva said she has autographs and letters from the members of Exo, a South Korean-Chinese group with a vast following among teenage girls. I think what we felt is even more special.
Sunday Tennell overcame one last-minute setback, a botched combination in the final minute of her warm-up. "It is a great indication of what it is going to take to win the Olympics".
The Canadians dominated the Russians competing under the Olympic flag after the country was banned from the games for revelations of a massive doping operation. With Zagitova lying in wait next week it was vital Medvedeva produced something special here, and she didn't disappoint as she proved she had fully recovered from the broken foot that sidelined her for two months late previous year. She said the hard season added to her mental strength.
"I prepared for these Olympics like for a celebration", Medvedeva said.
Still, Russian skaters have looked sublime at the Olympics before, only to struggle. Both athletes have been coached by Eteri Turberidze, who previously trained Yulia Lipnitskaya, guiding her to Olympic gold in 2014. The 81.06 easily beat the field, lifting her team into second place with 31 points.
The U.S. came into the game with a scoring problem.
Medvedeva and Lipnitskaya share the same coach - Eteri Tutberidze - but Medvedeva has a consistency that Lipnitskaya never quite achieved.
As reported earlier, past year she broke her own world record with a combined score of 233.41 points and became the first woman to win consecutive world titles.
She was named to the Russian Olympic team, Olympic Athletes from Russia squad, only after finishing second to countrywoman Alina Zagitova at the European Championships in late January. They're sharing an apartment in the Olympic Village which Medvedeva said is stocked with a kettle and a range of teas for the many other skaters who drop in. "I understand that this is what the system allows but it's not all figure skating is about", she said on Twitter. She answered, "I enjoy listening to EXO's songs".