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Yevgenia Medvedeva won’t commit to Olympics as neutral athlete

Evgenia Medvedeva

Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia performs in her free skate to win the NHK Trophy figure skating Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in Osaka, western Japan. Two-time world champion Medvedeva secured a place in the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix Final. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP)


Russian Yevgenia Medvedeva, the Olympic figure skating gold-medal favorite, reportedly said in a speech to International Olympic Committee members that she “can not accept” competing in PyeongChang as a neutral athlete.

That comment came before the IOC announced that Russia is banned from the Winter Games, with clean Russian athletes allowed to compete as neutrals by invitation only.

Medvedeva reportedly said after Tuesday’s announcement that it was too early to answer whether she would skate in PyeongChang as a neutral athlete.

Her full speech is here, according to Russian media. A translation, according to, is here.

Medvedeva was the only active athlete with the Russian delegation at the IOC executive board meeting in Switzerland, led by Russia Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov.

She is not competing at this week’s Grand Prix Final due to a broken foot.

Medvedeva, 18, hasn’t lost in more than two years and won the last two world championships.

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