Poor Yulia! At the young age of 15, she is competing in her first Olympics ever. While many had high expectations, the skater landed in only fifth place on Feb. 19, after a shocking fall during the short program!
Yulia Lipnitskaya still impressed when she took the ice in her first ever run as a solo act at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The young skater from Russia scored only a 65.23, though, after taking a tragic fall during her triple flip at the end of her routine. See the shocking fall here.
Yulia Lipnitskaya Falls At Sochi, Lands In 5th In Short Program
“I don’t know what happened,” she told reporters after her performance. “My preparation was all fine. I wasn’t nervous. I didn’t feel too much pressure. I feel sad. I wasn’t good enough on the jumps. Tomorrow, I will go out there and fight.”
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On Feb. 20, Yulia and the rest of the skaters will take on the free skate — and she still has a chance to pull ahead. Her component score was a 33.08, which was higher than that of Gracie Gold, who landed fourth.
The rankings now are: Yuna Kim of South Korea, who landed a 74.92; Adelina Sotnikova of Russia who earned a 74.64; Carolina Kostner of Italy, who received a 74.12; and Gracie Gold of the United States, who came in fourth with a 68.63.
There was quite a bit of buzz around Yulia heading to the Olympics, as if she did win gold, she would be the youngest since Tara Lipinski won in 1998 when she was 15.
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— Emily Longeretta