The Latest: Russian skaters in 1st, 2nd after short program

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Alina Zagitova’s record-setting short program has given the 15-year-old Russian the lead over friend, training partner and two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva heading into Friday’s free skate. Zagitova scored 82.92 points, breaking the mark of 81.61 that Medvedeva had set about 15 minutes earlier. Both scores topped the short program record Medvedeva set earlier in the Pyeongchang Games. Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada was third with 78.87 points. The American trio of Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell struggled with early mistakes in each of their programs. Nagasu was ninth with Chen and Tennell right behind her. ——— 2:20 p.m. Alina Zagitova allowed her close friend and training partner, Evgenia Medvedeva, to enjoy her new short program world record for about 15 minutes. The 15-year-old Russian then performed a flawless “Black Swan” routine to score 82.92 points inside Gangneung Ice Arena. That topped the score of 81.61 that Medvedeva put up three skaters ahead of her. It was the third time the world record has been set during the Pyeongchang Games. Medvedeva also broke the record in helping the Olympic Athletes of Russia win the team silver medal. ——— 2:15 p.m. The injuries are starting to pile up in men’s skicross at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Three skiers left the course on medical sleds during the first round of eliminations following scary wrecks Wednesday. Canadian Chris Del Bosco’s right side slammed violently into the ground… [Read full story]

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