Renewed Lipnitskaia getting ready for new heights

Julia Lipnitskaia at 2013 World Junior Championships

2012 World junior champion Julia Lipnitskaia is working on new programs and intends to fight for getting into the national Olympic team.

“Fortunately, the season is over. I even do not want to remember that entire “infirmary”! But now we know all the weaknesses and how to take control on them. I will consider this past skating year as a respite.” Lipnitskaia said Team-Russia 2014.

Speaking of weaknesses, the Russian figure skater highlighted the transitional period and injuries that plagued her during this past season.

“For me, everything is new now. A transitional period lasts not just one year and I just need to learn how to cope with it. I’m getting used to everything: to a healthy diet, to correct workloads and to proper daily schedule. It looks like everything is fine for the moment,” she continued.

“Now I’m working on my new programs. Later this month I’ll have a vacation in Cyprus and then will go back to work. Next season I’ll fight for getting into the national Olympic team.” Lipnitskaia noted.

This season, Lipnitskaia became age-eligible for some senior events but not the European or World Championships. Julia made her senior debut at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy where she took the first place. She was also assigned to two Grand Prix events – 2012 Cup of China where she finished second, behind the winner Mao Asada, and 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard where she took the bronze.

She qualified for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, but withdrew due to injury – during training session she lost balance on the entry to a spin, split her chin and sustained a slight concussion. Doctors recommended that she stay off the ice for at least two weeks. Needing more preparation time, Lipnitskaia withdrew from the senior Russian Championships.

At the 2013 World Junior Championships, which was held in Milan, Lipnitskaia won the silver with teammates Elena Radionova and Anna Pogorilaya taking the gold and bronze medals respectively.

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