This Russian Figure Skater Performed A Routine Inspired By ‘Sailor Moon,’ And Nothing Will Ever Be The Same

"She is the one, Sailor Moon!"

Sailor Moon already left a lasting mark on the anime and pop culture worlds, but now the memorable superheroine is making an impact on the sports world.

Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva — a well-decorated athlete and two-time world champion — showed a serious love for manga over the weekend by performing a routine set to the Sailor Moon theme song in cosplay. It's the original Japanese version, so don't expect to hear "fighting evil by moonlight" or "winning love by daylight" in English, but you'll get the gist.

The feat occurred at the International Skating Union's World Team Trophy in Figure Skating Competition — an event that brings competitors from all around the world. Needless to say, this 17-year-old really threw down the gauntlet with this nostalgic number.

Medvedeva absolutely encapsulates the protagonist — a young schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino by day and a celestial crimefighter by night — in costume, styling, and, most importantly, attitude. The Moscow-born athlete even nails mouthing the Japanese catchphrases and the hand gestures perfectly.

It's impressive to watch Medvedeva transform right before our very eyes and hitting all of her crazy ice skating tricks. Not only does she pay homage to Usagi's love for sleeping and laziness, but we even get a stuffed animal version of Luna, the black cat that helps guide Sailor Moon.

In addition to a clear adoration for Sailor Moon, a quick glance at Medvedeva's Twitter also reveals a deep love for Yuri on Ice — which makes total sense when you think about it!


Check out the full "Sailor Moon"-themed ice skating routine here:

(H/T: Teen Vogue)


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