Evgenia Medvedeva, a two-time World Champion and two-time European Champion in fugure skating, is a huge anime fan. On Sunday, April 23, the 17-year-old Moscowite stunned the audience at the World Team Trophy in Tokyo with a Sailor Moon-inspired routine as a tribute to her favorite character in the country where it originated.
A figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union, participating countries are represented by eight athletes: two men’s single skaters, two ladies’ single skaters, one pair and one ice dancing entry. Medvedeva, who admittedly also enjoys watching Yuri On Ice, showed off her skills skating to the Sailor Moon theme tune while dressed in Pretty Soldier’s iconic dress.
Midway through her performance, the reigning World Champion picked up a plush version of Luna, Sailor Moon’s cat adviser, from the judges’ table before continuing with the routine. Before she left the ice rink, she mouthed the heroine’s famous Japanese line, “Tsuki ni kawatte, oshioki yo!”, meaning “In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you!”, according to RocketNews24.
And while anime fans will be impressed with Medvedeva’s tribute to the cartoon which first started airing in Japan in 1992, fans of figure skating were equally impressed with her chops. One Reddit user commented:
“Non-figure-skating fans may not appreciate what she did there, but she landed a triple-triple combination with an arm above her head, jumping into darkness. That’s incredibly technically difficult, and probably takes 7 to 10 years of solid training to be able to do that.”
Medvedeva’s performance earned her first place in the Ladies Free Skating category. At the end of the three-day weekend event, Team Japan recaptured the ISU World Team Trophy title they had won once before in 2012. Japan totaled 109 points over the three days of competition. Team Russia moved up again to second place to claim the silver medal with 105 points while three-time and defending champions team USA earned the bronze with 97 points.
The skater, who is the first woman in history to become a junior and a senior World Champion in successifve years seеms to have caught the imagination with her performance, as the video from her routine has received almost 2 million hits in less than a week.