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Medvedeva and Chen lead after Rostelecom Grand Prix short

From FOX Sports - October 20, 2017

MOSCOW (AP)Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was both languid and precise as she continued her domination of womens figure skating, nearly breaking her own world record with a superb short program at the Rostelecom Cup on Friday.

Nathan Chen of the United States landed two quads to take a strong lead after the mens short program of the cup, the first of the six-leg figure skating Grand Prix series.

Medvedevas 80.75 points on Fridayjust 0.1 points off her recordplaced her more than six points ahead of 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy. Japans Wakaba Higuchi was in third, more than 11 points behind the leader.

The program to a dreamy Chopin nocturne showed Medvedevas characteristic penchant for raising an arm during jumps and for placing the jumps late in the program, which adds to the base value in scoring and heightens drama.

As world champion for the past two years, 17-year-old Medvedeva has showed staying power that she attributes to marshaling self-control amid the physiological changes of late adolescence.

The most important secret is discipline, she said. I cant eat what I want after 6 in the evening like I did before.

Kostner, at 30, is at an age when competitive skating is over for many, but said she is looking forward to pressing onward.

I held a lot of emotions and I hoped I could transfer and communicate them to the audience, she said.

Chen, the American national champion, outpointed Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan by nearly six points in the short program, with 100.54.

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