The ladies’ gold medal isn’t as up-for-grabs as the men’s, but there’s still plenty of skaters capable of putting on a show. Only the bronze medalist from 2014 – Carolina Kostner of Italy– will compete in PyeongChang with many athletes looking for their first individual Olympic medal.
They’ll all likely be chasing Olympic Athletes from Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva who is the big favorite and the current world record holder for the ladies’ short program, free skate and combined total scores.
Still, with Olympic medals and history on the line, expect big performances from these women.
Evgenia Medvedeva is the overwhelming favorite in the ladies’ singles event and the two-time world champion didn’t show any nerves in her Olympic debut. During the team event, the 18 year-old set a new world record with an 81.06 in the short program.
Mirai Nagasu is back at the Olympics after being left off the 2014 team in favor of Ashley Wagner. Nagasu made history when she landed a triple axel in the team event, helping Team USA win the bronze medal.
Carolina Kostner is one of the oldest competitors in the field at 31 and competing in her fourth Olympics. But the Italian figure skater is also the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and capable of getting back onto the podium.
Gabrielle Daleman is already an Olympic gold medalist – she skated in the free program during the team event – and could challenge for an individual medal next week.
The 18-year-old 2017 U.S. national champion and first-time Olympian aims to make her mark for Team USA at the Winter Games. Chen narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2017 World Championships where she finished fourth.
Alina Zagitova hasn’t garnered the same attention as teammate Evgenia Medvedeva, but could be one of Medvedeva’s biggest obstacles to Olympic gold. Zagitova took first in the team event’s women’s free program more than 20 points ahead of Mirai Nagasu.
Kaetlyn Osmond came back from a leg injury to help Team Canada win gold in the team event along with teammate Gabrielle Daleman. Osmond and Daleman also took second and third respectively at the 2017 World Championships respectively.
Satoko Miyahara is a four-time Japanese national champion as well as the silver medalist from the 2015 World Championships. Miyahara finished fourth behind Medvedeva, Kostner and Osmond during the women’s short program portion of the team event.
Maria Sotskova is the third member of the Olympic Athlete of Russia’s delegation in the ladies’ event and another skater that could leave PyeongChang with a medal. Sotskova did not skate in the team event and will make her debut next week.
Bradie Tennell is the 2018 US National Champion and a first time Olympian in South Korea. Tennell had a season best 68.94 in her debut earlier this week and ultimately finished with a bronze in the team event.