Lipnitskaia wins gold and hearts of audience at Skate Canada
By Vladislav Luchianov
Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old young lady, won her first senior Grand Prix event – Skate Canada 2013.
Brilliantly performed her free skating program to Schindler’s List by John Williams, she has once again raised the audience at Saint John’s arena. Same reaction was to her short program You Don’t Give Up on Love by Mark Minkov a day earlier.
Julia nailed a triple Lutz-triple toe, a double Axel-triple toe-double toe combination as well as four more triple jumps and impressive spins. The Russian skater set a new personal best for herself in a free skating with 131.34 points and also overall with 198.23 points to earn her first Grand Prix gold medal.
But the main thing is not her personal best or her convincing victory. The main thing is that we saw a completely new Julia, who perfectly embodies on the ice complex images, combining them with the most difficult technical elements.
Yesterday’s Schindler’s List goes straight into the soul and leaves there something very special. After such performance you just stop to perceive reality for a while. That’s why in the eyes of many viewers were tears … This is only possible when a skater “tells” you through a performance something absolute genuine.
“Today I am very happy, because I did everything as I wanted, and the final spin worked out. I never really think much about when I won something, but I need to continue to work and to win. You always have to move forward.” Lipnitskaia said media.
“Yesterday, during the short program, I had to deal with nerves and take each element under the control. I do not know why but I always feel nervous before the short program. I think if you do not worry, it’s not normal (smiles). But today I’m really happy with everything.” New Skate Canada International champion noted.
When you’re immersing in Julia’s programs of this season, you recollect all the hard way that she has done from the very beginning…
In 2009 a little girl Julia got a serious dilemma – to continue to be engaged in favorite sport or to finish with it. The answer would seem obvious. Certainly, it is necessary to continue if she loves her sport. But it was not so easy. The situation developed such that in native Ekaterinburg there weren’t enough conditions for further sporting growth and for the serious trainings it was necessary to move to Moscow.
It is this decision had to make the 2012 World Junior Champion and her mother just a few years ago… Moving to such a metropolis like Moscow can’t be an easy step for any child of nine years old. It wasn’t easy for Julia too. After moving she is completely immersed in the work on the ice.
Last season was very difficult for her – the problems of growing up and injuries temporarily knocked out her of the intended track. But Julia is back. And she didn’t just come back but she did it brilliantly.
With a great help of talented young coach Eteri Tutberidze, Julia every day for several hours works hard on each element of her technique as well as on artistic components. In addition to her natural flexibility, the young skater also has the high sense of music. It is easy to see by watching her earlier performances. But it is even more noticeable now, after her triumphant performance at Skate Canada 2013.
“Of course, winning the Grand Prix stage is very important to me. However, for me all competitions of this season are incredibly important. There is no tournament that would not have mattered to me.” Julia modestly noted.
I do not like the word “prodigy”. Yes, of course, Lipnitskaia is very talented. But the presence of talent absolutely doesn’t mean an automatic success. A development of any talent, especially a young one, requires tremendous efforts. This young lady, having an absolute adult serious approach to the sport, at every training session works out element by element multiple times and with a real and big desire. Yes, many do the same. But not everyone do it with such tenacity.
Concluding the article, I would like to say a few words about the other two medalists – Akiko Suzuki of Japan and Gracie Gold of the United States, who performed and competed very well in Canada.
Performing to “Phantom of the Opera”, Akiko Suzuki produced four good triple jumps as well as three level-four spins, but she stumbled on a triple flip and two triples were underrotated. The 2012 World bronze medalist scored 127.99 points and accumulated 193.75 points.
“When I chose “The Phantom of the Opera” for the Olympic season, I thought it would be difficult, because so many people have skated to it, but I got a good reaction from the crowd and I think this is a good program for me.” the 28-year-old explained.
Overnight leader Gracie Gold started strongly into her “Sleeping Beauty” program with a triple Lutz-triple toe and a triple loop, but later fell on a triple Lutz and stumbled on a triple Salchow attempt. With a free skating score of 117.20 points and a total of 186.65 points, the U.S. teenager dropped to third. “It was not a perfect performance, and I’m looking forward to going home and my training and a better performance at NHK Trophy and U.S. Nationals. But a bronze medal at a Grand Prix event is something I will always take.” Gold noted.
Julia Lipnitskaia – Skate Canada 2013, FS