There were tears from Kamila Valieva as she completes an impressive routine, posting a score of 82.16.
There was a slight stumble on her opening jump, a triple Axel, but she held it together well until the end to post the top score of the women's short program.
The crowd were audibly getting behind Valieva, perhaps more so than any other skater.
"Loudest applause for anyone for her when she finished," according to CNN staff inside the arena. "She looks incredibly emotional."
Valieva's score means that she makes it through to the free skate program on Thursday, where she will be one of the favorites for the gold.
After finishing her routine, she "walked past all of the journalists, including Russian ones, and left the mixed zone. She looked very solemn and didn’t speak to anyone or look at anyone," CNN staff in the arena reported.