Return of Julia that never gives up
Victories at the early events of the season do not matter in terms of the future struggle for a place in the national team in order to participate at the European and World championships as well as at the main event of the year – 2014 Sochi Olympics, thinks Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia.
Yesterday, Lipnitskaia won 2013 Finlandia Trophy for the second consecutive season, beating the 2012 World bronze medalist Akiko Suzuki of Japan and the reigning Russian national champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.
Lipnitskaia earned 191.31 points overall, while Suzuki and Tuktamysheva got 180.54 and 173.45 points respectively.
“It is too early to compare (skaters). At the moment it means nothing how this or that skater performs,” Lipnitskaia said R-Sport. “Of course, I must move forward and skate clean; all seek to do so since the beginning of the season.
However, there is a big time-frame between the beginning of skating year and the time when need to be in the peak of sporting shape for the Olympics. Everything can change. “ 2013 World junior silver medalist noted.
Julia’s coach Eteri Tutberidze is satisfied with performances of her student in Finland.
“These competitions are a step in the work that we have outlined with Julia. I can’t say that I’m dissatisfied with something. There are things on which we will continue to work. Here, in Finland, Julia did probably more than 90 percent of what we have planned.” Tutberidze said.
“Julia became adult and it’s obvious. Now she is completely different in the sense of approach to competitions. I would say that this is probably the return of the Julia that never gives up.” coach added.
Last season the skater experienced a number of problems associated with injuries and puberty.
In the Finnish Espoo, Lipnitskaia appeared in front of audience in a new and very lyrical style, performing her programs “Don’t walk out when in love (Russian: Не отрекаются любя)” and “Schindler’s List”. Both programs choreographed by Ilia Averbukh.
Recall that in coming 2013/2014 ISU Grand Prix series Julia Lipnitskaia has been assigned to 2013 Skate Canada and 2013 Cup of Russia.
2013 Finlandia Trophy – Julia Lipnitskaia, SP
2013 Finlandia Trophy – Julia Lipnitskaia, FS