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15-Year-Old Figure Skating Prodigy Yulia Lipnitskaya Destroys Everyone In First Olympics Routine

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Reevell says her biggest strength is her freakish elasticity:

yulia lipnitskaya olympics

She's a prodigy. She won two international events last fall before seriously breaking onto the scene by becoming the youngest skater to ever win the the European Championships in January.

New York Times story by Patrick Reevell on the Russian figure skating renaissance described her as intense and less expressive than her teammates and competitors. Her trainer told the NYT, "She set herself an adult’s task as a child. That’s why she seems closed."


She's super  cute, hope I will get to see her on the Olympics this evening, if not, I guess there's always YouTube ;)

They did not show her on TV that I could see.

I saw her on YouTube but that video has since been taken down.

You might be able to find it on the NBC Olympics site?

I'm hoping it's still coming up, they are working through the team women's short program right now.

You were right. Wow! Even better watching it again!

This time I noticed her draw a heart on the ice and I noticed the name of her song is "You Don't Give Up on Love".

The crowd LOVES her.

And Lipnitskaia's skating in the team event short program Saturday night gave an electric and resounding demonstration that she has the stuff to win singles gold if favored Yuna Kim of South Korea falters in her attempt at a second straight Olympic title.

I think her skate has not aired yet on the West Coast, should be coming up, at least I hope they show it.

Sochi Olympics 2014: Julia Lipnitskaia shines for Russia in team figure skating -

They did show it and she is so natural in her spins and flips at the most difficult levels!

Just saw it!  Wow!!  Beautiful skater, she's very classic for a Russian skater, a lot of ballet, and very expressive, consistent on jumps, and maybe the best on spins I've ever seen.

That final spin was unbelievable difficult and graceful!

Here it is on Vine:

yulia lipnitskaya spin gif Imgur Sochi Olympics 2014

What I love about that page is the fake gif of the ice skater drilling into the ice.

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