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    Alina Zagitova, Olympic Athletes of Russia, performs in the women's figure skating free program at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Friday, February 23, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea

    Russian Figure Skater Zagitova Sets Ice on Fire in Record-Smashing Season Opener

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    Alina Zagitova, a 16-year-old reigning Olympic figure skating champion from Russia, has clinched her first victory in the 2017-18 season at the Nebelhorn Trophy event in Germany. This was a special competition for the Russian figure skating queen as she broke all world records.

    On Friday, Alina Zagitova flawlessly landed seven triple jumps in her free skate routine, taking the top spot with 158.50 points and breaking the world record under new scoring rules. Her 238.43 total points is also a new world record. The Russian prodigy finished 29.21 points clear of second-placed Mai Mihara of Japan (209.22 points); Belgium's Loena Hendrickx picked up the bronze with 204.16 points.

    A day earlier, she tallied 79.93 points in the short program, surpassing her rivals by over eight points and setting another world record.

    Alina Zagitova during the test skates of Russia's national team in Moscow on September 9
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    Alina Zagitova during the test skates of Russia's national team in Moscow on September 9

    Prior to the start of the new season, the International Skating Union, the world's governing body for competitive ice-skating sports, introduced in August a new rating scale of performance, nullifying all the previous statistics and world records, which are now called "historical."

    Alina Zagitova during the test skates of Russia's national team in Moscow on September 9
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    Alina Zagitova during the test skates of Russia's national team in Moscow on September 9

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    world record, figure skating, Nebelhorn Trophy, 2018 Winter Olympic Games, International Skating Union, Alina Zagitova, Germany, Russia
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