Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia
Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia was born June 5, 1998 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Julia Lipnitskaia is Junior world champion in 2012 and vice-champion of 2013. Silver medalist at the Final Grand Prix season 2013/2014. Silver medalist Russia, 2012, 2014, Russian Junior Champion 2012, winner of the Grand Prix Final Championships 2011/2012 season. She’s the best that Russia has to offer, I think that her competitors will have difficult time trying to beat her. Julia’s jumps are great, but her musicality, extension, spins and flexibility are just astounding. Russian 15-year-old figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia has proved that figure skating in Russia is not just sport. It’s more than sport. It’s true high art.
To the ice rink “Locomotive” in Yekaterinburg 4-year-old Julia was brought by her mom Daniela. Julia was trained by Elena Levkovets and Marina Wojciechowski. In March 2009, due to the lack of opportunities for further growth, she moved to Moscow. Julia Lipnitskaia has the naturally extraordinary flexibility and stretching. These qualities allow her to perform some of the most complex rotations in the world. By the autumn of 2009 Julia mastered all the triple jumps.
In the 2009-2010 season Lipnitskaia became the fifth in the championship of Russia among juniors, and the following season was fourth on the adult Championship of Russia. In the 2011-2012 season Julia reached the age at which the ISU allows athletes to participate in international competitions for juniors.
Julia Lipnitskaia made her debut on the stage of the Junior Grand Prix in Poland, which she won. Then followed a stage in Italy, where she also won the gold medal. In the Grand Prix Final, held in Quebec, Canada, Julia was the first in the short and free programs, beating nearest competitors.
The next major championship of Russia started in 2012, where Lipnitskaia was third in the short program, but winning arbitrary, was able to win the “silver” tournament. In early February 2012 Julia won the Junior Championship of Russia. In March 2012, at the World Junior Championships in 2012, Julia took first place, ahead by 15.2 points Gracie Gold (winner of the national championship U.S. juniors). In all international competitions of the 2011-2012 season, in which Julia participated, she was at the first place.
Pre-Olympic season 2012-2013 Julia Lipnitskaia started with a win in the tournament in Finland – Espoo, 5 – 7 October 2012. In November, debuting on the stages of adult Grand Prix in China and France, won the short program both times, and eventually won the prizes. At the same time in Paris, in any program in the last rotation in layback she received not only the maximum level 4, but absolutely all three allowances for maximum quality performance. As a result, the skater qualified for the Grand Prix Final. In November 30 FFKKR president Alexander Gorshkov said that unfortunately, Lipnitskaia will not perform in the final Grand Prix, due to an injury.
Julia did not take part in the Russian championship in 2013 in Sochi. In the second half of the season 2012-2013 at the junior championship of Russia Julia became the fifth. At the Junior World Championship in Milan won the silver medal.
Olympic season 2013-2014 Julia started with a victory in the tournament in Finland, and in October won the Canadian Grand Prix stage of Figure Skating in St. John’s. In December, Julia took second place in Finale Grand Prix.
She’s the best that Russia has to offer, I think that her competitors will have difficult time trying to beat her. Julia’s jumps are great, but her musicality, extension, spins and flexibility are just astounding. Figure skating in Russia it not just sport. It’s more than sport. It’s true high art.
update February 10, 2014: