The apprentice has become the master: 15-year-old Russian figure skater tops 18-year-old counterpart in thrilling duel for gold

The Winter Olympics women's figure skating event came down to a thrilling duel on Friday that saw 15-year-old Alina Zagitova top 18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva for the gold medal.

Zagitova, an upstart skater for Russia, has pushed Medvedeva, the gold standard for women's figure skating, all season. On Friday, Zagitova put down an incredible performance that was simply too much for Medvedeva to overcome.

Zagitova's routine, which is back-loaded with jumps synchronized to the music, earned her a 239.57, putting her in first with Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond still to go, followed my Medvedeva.

After Zagitova's stunning routine, NBC's Terry Gannon asked, "Has the apprentice become the master?" referring to the shift in power between she and Medvedeva, who trains with Zagitova.

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Medals Ceremony - Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating - Medals Plaza - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Gold medalist Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, and bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada on the podium. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Medals Ceremony - Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating - Medals Plaza - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Gold medalist Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, on the podium. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Gold medallist Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, waves. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Gold medallist Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, jumps as she celebrates next to silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, and bronze medallist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, reacts after finishing. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, reacts after finishing. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Single Skating free skating competition final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 23, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA FEBRUARY 23, 2018: Figure skater Alina Zagitova, Olympic Athlete from Russia, poses with her gold medal at a victory ceremony for the ladies' figure skating event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
Russia's Alina Zagitova competes in the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Russia's Alina Zagitova competes in the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: Alina Zagitova of Olympic Athlete from Russia competes during the Ladies Single Skating Free Skating on day fourteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 23, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: Alina Zagitova of Olympic Athlete from Russia competes during the Ladies Single Skating Free Skating on day fourteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 23, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Gold medallist Russia's Alina Zagitova hugs bronze medallist Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond during the venue ceremony after the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Alina Zagitova competes in the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Alina Zagitova (C), Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva (L) and Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond (R) pose on the podium for their respective gold, silver and bronze wins during the venue ceremony after the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Russia's Alina Zagitova celebrates her gold win after the venue ceremony in the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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After Osmond put down a gold-medal-worthy routine herself, Medvedeva took the ice, confident and poised. She beautifully skated through her program with nary a mistake, impressing the judges with her air and technical prowess.

Afterward, NBC's Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were split. Weir thought Medvedeva had wrestled gold away from Zagitova; Lipinski favored Zagitova.

The score rolled in, and Medeveda came up just short — 238.26.

Medvedeva had trouble hiding her disappointment.

After, however, the two hugged it out.

The gold was the Olympic Athletes from Russia's first of the Winter Olympics.

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Russia's Mikhail Kolyada grimaces as he rotates while competing in the figure skating team event men's single skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Figure Skating ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Team Event Women Single Skating short program ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 11, 2018 - Evgenia Medvedeva, an Olympic athlete from Russia, competes. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Team Event Women's Single Skating Free Skating competition final ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Mirai Nagasu of the U.S. in action. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
USA's Adam Rippon competes in the figure skating team event men's single skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Canada's Meagan Duhamel (R) and Canada's Eric Radford compete in the figure skating team event pair skating short program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Figure Skating ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Team Event Women's Single Skating Free Skating competition final ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, Olympic athlete from Russia, in action. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Kaori Sakamoto of Japan competes in the Ladies Free Skating during the Figure Skating Team Event on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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