Thursday, August 24, 2017

Leading figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia started out in Yekaterinburg

Russian figure skater Julia Viacheslavovna Lipnitskaia, the 2012 World Junior Champion, 2011-12 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, 2012 Russian senior silver medalist and 2012 Russian junior champion, was born in Yekaterinburg.

Lipnitskaia began skating at the age of four and also trained in rhythmic gymnastics. She trained in and called Yekaterinburg home until 2009, when she moved to Moscow to join Eteri Tutberidze's group. She placed fifth on the junior level at the 2010 Russian Championships. The following season, she was ranked fourth on the senior level at the 2011 Russian Championships. In 2011, she competed at the Russian Junior Championships but withdrew from the competition after the short program.

During the 2011-2012 season, Lipnitskaia became age-eligible for junior international competition. She debuted on the Junior Grand Prix series at the JGP Baltic Cup in Gdansk, Poland, where she took home the gold medal, winning both programs. In Milan, Italy, she qualified for the JGP Final in Quebec, where she again placed first in both segments and won the gold medal.

Lipnitskaia placed third in the short program and first in free skate at the 2012 Russian Championships, winning the silver medal overall. She won the 2012 Russian Junior Championships with a personal best score or 187.05 points, giving her the womens' World Junior record for highest combined total score and free skate score.

She made her senior debut in the 2012-2013 season at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy, taking home the gold medal and took home the silver medal at the 2012 Cup of China behind Mao Asada. She twisted her right ankle before competition at the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard, eventually taking home bronze. Lipnitskaia was forced to withdraw from the Grand Prix Final and the 2013 Russian Championships due to her injury.