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Winter Olympics women's figure skating: 15-year-old Alina Zagitova wins gold – live!

But let’s be clear about one thing. You can break out all the spreadsheets you want. (I finally closed mine.) You may hear some grumbling that the Russian skaters gamed the system.

Here’s the bottom line: The Russian skaters executed. So did Osmond, and so did the Japanese skaters.

My favorite email comment comes from one Jean Wan, who suggests a cap on jump bonuses: “Cause what I’m watching now ain’t skating. It’s ice hurdles.”

And yes, if you were to show Zagitova’s program and Medvedeva’s program to a group of people without explaining the math, I think 90 percent of people would say Medvedeva’s was better.

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