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Skater Yulia Lipnitskaya, 15, steals the Olympic show in Sochi

By Will Stewart
10 February 2014

'Genius' teenager from the Urals helps Russian figure skating team to first gold medal.

'Lipnitskaya is now THE story of the Olympics'. Picture:, pictures below are from Yulia Lipnitskaya social account

Evgeni Plushenko won the men's free skate before Russia took an unassailable lead when 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaya triumphed in the women's free skate programme in the Iceberg Skating Palace. The girl from Yekaterinburg went viral on the web for her stunning display. 

She was given a standing ovation by Russian president Vladimir Putin and cheering supporters. 

'Lipnitskaya, the newly crowned European champion, is now THE story of the Olympics,' reported

'Lipnitskaia had the look of an Olympic champion on Saturday night, dazzling the home crowd with a near-perfect routine in the women's short programme,' reported the Washington Post. The teenager does not go to school, but is allowed to study at home so that maximum effort can go towards fulfilling her skating potential. She also forgoes the life that most teenagers crave for. On luxury she refuses to allow herself is high heels. 

'I do not put on heels at all now. I understand that I need to protect my legs', she said. 

Skater Yulia Lipnitskaya, 15, steals the Olympic show in Sochi

Skater Yulia Lipnitskaya, 15, steals the Olympic show in Sochi

Skater Yulia Lipnitskaya, 15, steals the Olympic show in Sochi

Comments (17)

What a stunning performance by Yulia,15 years of age and she has stolen the show, she should be extremely proud of her achievement in Sochi and Russia should be proud of their golden girl. Good luck for the future Yulia.
David, Australia
10/02/2014 10:23
Yulia's performances makes you feel better about the planet and the future of its people; Some people really are so special they cause the world to change for the better just by being who they are and having the rest of us notice. Well, it's clear that a lot of people all over the world are noticing this talented young woman and feeling better about themselves too!
Gerald W., Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
10/02/2014 09:04

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