15-year-old Russian superstar Julia Lipnitskaia was heavily favored to win the individual gold in the Sochi games after her fantastic debut in the team skate, but a series of falls in her short and free skating programs led to heartbreak during the Feb. 20 grand finale.
Julia Lipnitskaia is going to have to wait until 2018 if she wants to nab that gold. The Russian teen sensation suffered a devastating fall in her routine of Feb. 20, knocking her out of contention.
Julia Lipnitskaia Falls In Olympic Figure Skating Finals
Poor Julia! Putin’s golden girl was holding back tears after she finished her gorgeous Schindler’s List routine, as two falls clearly ruined her chances of nabbing that gold.
Julia’s unfortunate fall — which did not take away from her awe-inspiring performance from a viewer’s perspective, by the way — instantly took her out of contention, as several of the night’s best skaters hadn’t even gone yet. However, she still managed to score a 135.34, briefly putting her in first place before Carolina Kostner and her own teammate Adelina Sotnikova knocked the judges’ socks off with performances that scored 142.61 and 149.95 respectively.
Of course, her fall on Feb. 19‘s short program also hurt her, as score of 65.23 fell far short of expectations.
“I don’t know what happened,” Julia told reporters after her performance on Wednesday. “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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