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Yulia Lipnitskaya
Julia Lipnitskaia Olympics 2014.jpeg
Lipnitskaya at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Native name Юлия Вячеславовна Липницкая
Full name Yulia Vyacheslavovna Lipnitskaya
Alternative names Julia Lipnitskaia
Schol.: Julia Vjačeslavovna Lipnickaja
Country represented Russia
Born (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 16)
Yekaterinburg, Russia[1]
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Coach Eteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov
Former coach Elena Levkovets, Marina Voitsekhovskaya
Choreographer Ilia Averbukh
Former choreographer Nikolai Morozov
Training locations Moscow
Former training locations Yekaterinburg
Began skating 2002
World standing 2 (As of 4 July 2014)[2]
Season's bests 5 (2013–14)[3]
5 (2012–13)[4]
5 (2011–12)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 209.72
2014 Europeans
Short program 74.54
2014 Worlds
Free skate 141.51
2014 Winter Olympics (Team)

Yulia Vyacheslavovna Lipnitskaya (Russian: Ю́лия Вячесла́вовна Липни́цкая,[6] Russian: [ˈjulʲɪjə vʲɪt͡ɕɪˈslävɐvnə lʲɪpˈnit͡skɐjə], [YOO-li-yə lip-NEETS-ka-yə]; born 5 June 1998) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2014 Olympic champion in the team event, the 2014 World silver medalist, the 2014 European champion, the 2013 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and a two-time Russian national silver medalist (2012, 2014). Competing as a junior, she won the 2012 World Junior Championships, 2011 JGP Final, and 2012 Russian Junior Championships.

Lipnitskaya is the youngest Russian athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.[7] Within the ladies' singles category, she is the youngest gold medalist at the European Championships. She is also the youngest figure skaters to win gold at the Olympics under modern rules. Lipnitskaya was 15 years, 249 days old when Russia won the team trophy, six days younger than American Tara Lipinski, who won gold in the individual event at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.[8] The only Olympic figure skating gold medalist younger than both is Maxi Herber (pair skating event at the 1936 Winter Olympics), who would have been too young to skate at the Olympics under modern rules.[9][10]

Early life[edit]

Lipnitskaya was born in Yekaterinburg, Russia and raised by a single mother, Daniela, who gave her own surname to Yulia.[11] Her father, Vyacheslav, was drafted into the Russian army while her mother was pregnant and chose not to return to the family.[11] Her grandmother, Evgenia Koklova, engaged in acrobatics, skating, and sailing in her youth.[12] Lipnitskaya is home-schooled[13] and her hobbies include horse riding and drawing.[14]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lipnitskaya began training at age four after her mother convinced the experienced skating coach Elena Levkovets to accept her as a student.[14] She skated in Yekaterinburg until 2009 when she and her mother began to discuss her future, concluding that they should either relocate for the purposes of her skating career or leave the sport.[15] They moved to Moscow where Lipnitskaya joined Eteri Tutberidze's group in March 2009.[14][15]

In the 2009–10 season, Lipnitskaya placed fifth on the junior level at the 2010 Russian Championships. She was fourth on the senior level the following season at the 2011 Russian Championships. She also competed at the 2011 Russian Junior Championships but withdrew from the competition after the short program.

2011–2012 season[edit]

Lipnitskaya became age-eligible for junior international competition in the 2011–2012 season. She debuted on the Junior Grand Prix series at the JGP Baltic Cup in Gdansk, Poland, winning both programs to take the gold medal.[16] She then won her second assignment in Milan, Italy, to qualify for the JGP Final. At the JGP Final in Quebec, Lipnitskaya placed first in both segments to win the gold medal.

Lipnitskaya won silver on the senior level at the 2012 Russian Championships, having placed third in the short program and first in the free skate, and later took gold at the 2012 Russian Junior Championships. At the 2012 World Junior Championships, she won gold while achieving the junior-level ladies' record for the combined total (187.05 points) and the free skate (broken in 2014 by Elena Radionova).[17] After the event, she said: "I liked everything and the performance was ideal. Now I am in a great mood. It was a great ending for a great season".[18] She had no falls on the ice in all her competitions throughout the entire 2011–2012 season.[19]

2012–2013 season: Senior debut[edit]

Lipnitskaya became age-eligible for some senior events but not the World or European Championships. She made her senior debut at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy where she won the gold medal. Lipnitskaya was assigned to two Grand Prix events. She had some boot problems early in the season.[20] Having placed first in the short program and second in the free skate, Lipnitskaya won the silver medal at the 2012 Cup of China behind gold medalist Mao Asada.[21][22] She said she was more nervous than usual.[20] The day before she left for Paris for the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard, Lipnitskaya twisted her right ankle during off-ice training and could hardly do any jumps a day before the start of the event, but decided to compete in the short program as she felt better.[23][24] She placed first in the short program and third in the free skate and won the bronze medal behind teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.

Lipnitskaya qualified for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, but withdrew due to injury — during training on 28 November, she lost balance on the entry to a spin, split her chin and sustained a slight concussion.[25] Doctors recommended that she stay off the ice for at least two weeks.[25] She resumed partial training in mid-December, omitting jumps and spins, and then after eight days began full training.[26] Needing more preparation time, Lipnitskaya withdrew from the senior Russian Championships.[27] She returned to competition at the 2013 Russian Junior Championships and finished in 5th place. After the competition, Lipnitskaya said she was still working to return to form after her injury and puberty issues.[28] She then competed at the 2013 World Junior Championships where she won the silver medal with teammates Elena Radionova and Anna Pogorilaya taking the gold and bronze medals respectively.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Lipnitskaya selected all the music for her programs by herself.[29] For the 2013–14 season, she chose Mark Minkov's You Don't Give Up On Love (Russian: Не отрекаются, любя) for her short program, because she loves the song.[29] She chose the theme from Schindler's List for her free skate after she had watched the film many times. Initially, her coach was not convinced that it was a good idea and they struggled to find a choreographer for the program. Former ice dancer Ilia Averbukh choreographed her programs. Coach Eteri Tutberidze said: "She had repeatedly watched this movie – and she said she wanted to be the girl in the red coat".[30][31]

In the 2013–14 season, Lipnitskaya became age-eligible for all senior ISU events. She began her season by winning the gold medal at the 2013 Finlandia Trophy. Her first 2013–14 Grand Prix event was the 2013 Skate Canada International. She placed second in the short program and first in the free skate, winning gold with 198.23 points in total. She won another gold medal at the 2013 Rostelecom Cup with a new personal best SP score of 72.24 points. The results qualified her to the Grand Prix Final. At the event in Fukuoka, Japan, she placed fourth in the short program, second in the free skate, and won the silver medal behind Mao Asada. She is Russia's youngest medalist at the Final since Irina Slutskaya.

Lipnitskaya won the silver medal behind Adelina Sotnikova at the 2014 Russian Championships, after placing second in the short and first in the free. In her European Championships début, she placed second to Sotnikova in the short program, first in the free skate, and scored a total of 209.72 points (the first Russian to score above the 200 mark in ladies' singles).[17] Finishing ahead of Sotnikova and Carolina Kostner, 15-year-old Lipnitskaya became the youngest European champion in ladies' singles and the first Russian to win the ladies' title since Slutskaya eight years earlier, in 2006.

Lipnitskaya was selected for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The first skating event was the team trophy, which allowed each team to make a maximum of two substitutions. The Russian team initially discussed assigning Lipnitskaya to the free skate and Sotnikova to the short program but ultimately it was decided that Lipnitskaya would skate both.[32] She placed first in both segments to help team Russia win the gold medal. She became the youngest Olympic gold medalist under modern rules, being six days younger than American Tara Lipinski was when she won the 1998 Winter Olympics at 15 in Nagano, Japan. The only skater younger than Lipnitskaya to have won gold is Maxi Herber who won Olympic pair skating gold at the 1936 Winter Olympics, however Herber would have been too young to skate at the Olympics under modern rules, so her record is impossible to beat.[9][10] Lipnitskaya also became the youngest individual Olympic gold medalist. On 10 February 2014, Lipnitskaya appeared on the cover of Time magazine in the European and Asian editions.[33] After the team event, she left Sochi to train at her regular rink in Moscow.[32] Tutberidze said that the Russian media interest was excessive—listening devices were found in the locker room in Moscow and reporters followed both the skater and her relatives.[34] In the individual event, she placed fifth in the short program after missing on triple-flip, sixth in the free skate after a step out on her triple-loop and a fall on triple-salchow, and finished 5th overall.[35] Lipnitskaya stated, "I fought and fought but couldn't take it to the end, I had enough physical strength left, but at the end I lost control of my jumps. Nervousness, fatigue – everything came into play and hit me over the head."[34]

At the end of March, Lipnitskaya made her Worlds debut at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. She placed third in the short with a new personal best score of 74.54 points after executing a clean short program. She landed a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip and a double axel and earned level fours on all her spins and her steps sequence. She placed second in the free skate earning 132.96 points, and won the silver medal at her first Senior World Championships appearance at the age of 15 years. Her total score of 207.50 points placed her 9.19 points behind Gold medalist Mao Asada and 3.67 ahead of bronze medalist Carolina Kostner.

Endorsements[edit]

Lipnitskaya appeared on the front cover in May Issue of Elle Girl Russia.[36]

Records and achievements[edit]

  • Youngest Olympic figure skating gold medalist under modern rules.
  • Youngest ladies' singles skater to win an Olympic gold medal (although, skating in the team trophy, not individual event).[1]
  • Youngest ladies' singles skater to win the European title.
  • First Russian ladies' singles skater to win an Olympic gold medal (although, skating in the team trophy, not individual event).
  • First Russian ladies' singles skater to score above the 200 mark in total score.[17]
  • Former world record holder for the junior ladies' free skate score (123.96), set at the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships on 3 March 2012. Record was broken two years later on 15 March 2014 by Elena Radionova (Russia).[17]
  • Former world record holder for the junior ladies' total score (187.05), set at the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships on 3 March 2012. Record was broken two years later on 15 March 2014 by Elena Radionova (Russia).[17]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[37][30]


2012–2013
[24][38]
2011–2012
[39]
2010–2011
  • Improvisation of Кино Кукушка
2009–2010

Competitive highlights[edit]

Lipnitskaya at the awarding ceremony for Russian athletes with President Vladimir Putin
Results[40]
International
Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 5th
Worlds 2nd
Europeans 1st
Grand Prix Final WD 2nd
GP Bompard 3rd TBD
GP Cup of China 2nd TBD
GP Rostelecom 1st
GP Skate Canada 1st
Finlandia 1st 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 1st 2nd
JGP Final 1st
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Poland 1st
National[41]
Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Russian 4th 2nd WD 2nd
Russian Junior 5th WD 1st 5th
Team events
Olympics 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships – Worlds, Europeans, and Junior Worlds. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.)

Lipnitskaya (left) with Mao Asada and Carolina Kostner at the 2014 World Championships podium
Lipnitskaya (left) with Mao Asada and Ashley Wagner at the 2013–14 Grand Prix Final podium
Lipnitskaya, gold medalist at the 2012 World Junior Championships

Senior career[edit]

2014–2015 season
Date Event SP FS Total
21–23 November 2014 2014 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard -
-
-
-
-
-
7-9 November 2014 2014 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China -
-
-
-
-
-
2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
27–29 March 2014 2014 ISU World Championships 3
74.54
2
132.96
2
207.50
6–22 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (ladies' singles) 5
65.23
6
135.34
5
200.57
6–9 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (team event) 1
72.90
1
141.51
1
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships 2
69.97
1
139.75
1
209.72
24–26 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships 2
70.32
1
140.49
2
210.81
5–8 December 2013 2013–14 ISU Grand Prix Final 4
66.62
2
125.45
2
192.07
22–24 November 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 1
72.24
2
118.56
1
190.80
25–27 October 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 2
66.89
1
131.34
1
198.23
4–6 October 2013 2013 Finlandia Trophy 1
65.49
1
125.82
1
191.31

Junior career[edit]

2012–2013 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–3 March 2013 2013 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 4
53.86
2
111.81
2
165.67
1–2 February 2013 2013 Russian Junior Championships Junior 3
67.03
6
111.53
5
178.56
16–18 November 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard Senior 1
63.55
3
115.76
3
179.31
2–4 November 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China Senior 1
63.06
2
114.86
2
177.92
5–7 October 2012 2012 Finlandia Trophy Senior 2
64.05
1
124.18
1
188.23
2011–2012 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–3 March 2012 2012 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 1
63.09
1
123.96
1
187.05
5–7 February 2012 2012 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
65.28
1
126.64
1
191.92
25–29 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships Senior 3
63.11
1
128.54
2
191.65
8–11 December 2011 2011–12 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 1
59.98
1
119.75
1
179.73
6–8 October 2011 2011 ISU JGP Italy Junior 1
63.71
1
119.34
1
183.05
15–17 September 2011 2011 ISU JGP Poland Junior 1
60.37
1
112.14
1
172.51
2010–2011 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
26–29 December 2010 2011 Russian Championships Senior 5
59.13
4
117.14
4
176.27
2009–2010 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 5
55.66
5
99.84
5
155.50

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