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- A Russian figure skater was screamed on by passionate K-Pop fans when she competed at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Friday.
- This is because Medvedeva, a fan herself, loves enormous K-Pop band EXO.
- She could even meet the group at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday.
An Olympic Athlete from Russia has won an unlikely fanbase.
Figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has been screamed on by passionate K-Pop fans because of her own love for EXO, who are one of South Korea’s biggest bands.
Medvedeva even listened to EXO song “Growl” while preparing for Friday’s free skating event.
— ã&¡ (@kaixxiu) February 23, 2018
With the 2013 hit song in the background, Medvedeva – a medal favourite because of her championship history – loosened up on the sidelines of the Gangneung Ice Arena as she awaited her turn to compete.
When her name was called, she skated onto the rink and executed triple-triple jump combinations in a routine that “stunned” NBC.
But it was only enough for silver as, once all the scores were tallied, she was pipped to gold by Olympic Athlete from Russia team mate Alina Zagitova.
And K-Pop fans weren’t happy.
Lets look at the scores shall we?
– Short program: 81.86
– Technical element Score: 79.18
– PCS: 77.47
– Short program: 82.92
– Technical element Score: 81.62
– PCS: 75.03
POINT DIFFERENCE: 1.06
It was only ONE point away.
— xia // 국가픽 EXO ♡ (@baektaoism) February 23, 2018
Despite of winning Silver, your performance was amazing and beautiful and breathtaking. Congratulations on your Olympics medal ice princess???? you did amazing you've worked hard!! @JannyMedvedeva pic.twitter.com/zTjI9rtrZ1
— rℓn #EXOlympics (@CryMeAnEXO) February 23, 2018
Did not win gold medal but she made EXO and EXO-Ls proud of her. You did amazing @JannyMedvedeva. However, congrats to her teammate Alina Zagitova for winning gold, who might be also an EXO-L ????????????#EXOL #BestFanArmy #iHeartAwards @weareoneEXO #EXOlympicsD2 pic.twitter.com/MYsewhi4xq
— EXO FANBASE (@EXOfanbase_Int) February 23, 2018
EXO and K-Pop singer CL will perform at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday.
It has been suggested by news agency AP that Medvedeva will get the chance to meet the band at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.