Lipnitskaia doesn’t mind to continue her winning streak

Julia Lipnitskaia at Finlandia Trophy 2012

By Vladislav Luchianov

In one of the most ultramodern cities in the world Shanghai will be held the next stage of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The event will take place from November 2–4, 2012.

In ladies single skating one of the favorites at the coming competitions will be 2012 World Junior Champion Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, who will make her debut at the senior Grand Prix circuit.

This season, Julia already participated in quite representative senior tournament Finlandia Trophy, where she took the gold medal. Last season the 14-years-old Russian has won everything in junior skating – from the Junior Grand Prix, including the Final, to the World Junior Championships.

“It was my first international tournament at the senior level. I’m glad that in my free skate program I did a difficult cascade of triple Lutz – triple toe. But at the same time I made a mistake on my flip jump – it was double instead of triple. Of course, I still have to work on my programs’ improvement but in general I skated both my programs easily.” said Lipnitskaia on her performances at Finlandia Trophy in October.

With the personal record of 187.05 points, Julia holds the ladies’ World Junior record for the highest combined total and the free skate scores, having broken the combined score record twice in the 2011/2012 season. In addition, she won a silver medal at the Russian national championships of the last season.

Julia Lipnitskaia

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Lipnitskaia doesn’t hide the ambitious plans for this season.

“My goals for this season are successful performances at the Grand Prix series. It would be good to compete at the Grand Prix Final, which will be held in Sochi. Also, I want very much to compete at the next junior Worlds.” she noted last month.

In China, Russian skater will face a very strong set of rivals, including 2010 Olympic silver medalist and a two-time World champion Mao Asada of Japan, a three-time European medalist Kiira Korpi of Finland and 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu of the United States.  Julia’s teammate Sofia Biryukova also can compete with the more titled competitors.

Reigning Japanese champion Mao Asada, despite the ambiguity of her last season’s performances, is not only one of the strongest figure skaters but she is also one of the most experienced. The experience, right strategy and tactics, which Japanese skater uses very well, can have a major importance for the competitions.

On the other hand we should note Kiira Korpi of Finland, who in recent years shows not only beautiful but also very technical skating.

Cup of China will be a very serious challenge for the young Russian figure skater, whose stability in performing complex elements can be considered as one of her main advantages.

Photo: Hatstand, Ksenia Fomina

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