Evgenia Medvedeva celebrates 21st birthday

Evgenia Medvedeva at the 2017 World Championship (Photo by Ivan Sekretarev/AP Photo)

Two-time World champion Evgenia Medvedeva celebrated her 21st birthday today.

Born November 19 in 1999, Medvedeva began ice skating at the age of three and joined Eteri Tutberidze’s team in 2008. She made her international junior debut in 2013 at the ISU Junior Grand Prix series event in Latvia, winning the gold medal. A few months later she won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final, and then, in March 2014, she won the bronze medal at the World Junior Championship.

From the second half of 2014, Medvedeva went on a strong run of winning medals at every competition and celebrating victories in most. She won the Junior Grand Prix Final, the Russian Junior Championship, and scored what was then the junior record breaking short program score on her way to win the World Junior Championship in March 2015.

The following season she made her international senior debut by winning a Challenger Series event in Europe and then a gold medal at the 2015 Skate America. She went on to capture the gold medals at all of the season’s top competitions – the ISU Grand Prix Final, the Russian National Championship, the European Championship, and the World Championship. The next season, Medvedeva defended all of her main titles from the previous year and set the then-world record at many of her starts.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Medvedeva won two silver medals – second in the ladies’ event by just 1.31 points and second place in the team event, although Zhenya led all of the ladies in her short program performance to give the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” the maximum ten points.

After the Olympic season, Medvedeva moved to Canada and was coached by Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson. In two seasons at the Toronto Cricket and Curling Club, Medvedeva won several medals and became a huge fan favorite at each competition that she participated in. Her highlight at this time was the bronze medal at the 2019 World Championship, after a difficult season.

This year, Medvedeva moved back to Tutberidze at Khrustalny and is yet to make her highly anticipated season’s debut.

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