Lipnitskaia waves stands in Budapest but remains critical of herself

Adelina Sotnikova, Julia Lipnitskaia and Carolina Kostner at 2014 European championships

Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova took the lead after the short program at the 2014 European Championships, which started today in Budapest, Hungary. Her teammate, Julia Lipnitskaia, finished second while Italy’s Carolina Kostner is third.

Just three weeks before their home Winter Games in Sochi, four-time Russian national champion Sotnikova gave a dazzling performance to Bizet’s Carmen to grab the lead with 70.73 points.

But Lipnitskaia, second to Sotnikova at the Russian championships, is just 0.76 points behind going into Friday’s free skating final after scoring 69.97 for her almost perfectly done short program to “You Don’t Give Up On Love” by Mark Minkov.

Italy’s Carolina Kostner, a five-time European champion, also gave a strong performance and is just 1.84 behind the leader in third with 68.97. Another Russian Alena Leonova, the 2012 world silver medalist, is in fourth with 64.09.

Despite the fact that most of spectators greeted the performance of Julia Lipnitskaia with standing ovation, the 15-year-old skater remains critical of herself.

“Now I’m not in the best shape. There is a kind of recession in this period of time but it happens before the rise.” The Russian skater said Team-Russia 2014.

“But I still need to try keeping everything on the same level. Although it’s unrealistic to be always on the top. This season is not coming to its end and all of the most important events are still ahead but a kind of recession must come now, so that the rise could come later.” Lipnitskaia admitted.

“In general, I’m glad with my today’s program. Although, my flip was a little bit short. But everything else was good.” Lipnitskaia added.

Eteri Tutberidze, Lipnitskaia’s coach, is pleased with her student’s performance but believes that judges underestimated technical part of the performance.

“Judges decided that Julia performed her first jump from the wrong edge. I think it’s debatable,”  Tutberidze said in an interview with Itar-Tass. “I believe that Julia did everything right. But we do not argue with the judges and we are not going to change anything. Everything is OK and we will start free skating from the scratch.” the coach added.

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