Yulia Lipnitskaya is a Russian former competitive figure skater. She was a part of the Russian team that won the 2014 Winter Olympics team trophy. She made a record for being the youngest Russian athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. She is also the youngest gold medalist at the European Championship within the ladies’ singles category. Also, as an individual, she was the 2014 World silver medalist, the 2014 European champion, the 2013-14 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, as well as a two-time Russian national silver medalist. Yulia had appeared on the front cover of the May 2014 issue of the magazine ‘Elle Girl Russia.’ The following year, she was awarded the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. Despite having a successful career, she suffered from mental health issues and announced her retirement in 2017.
Yulia Lipnitskaya began training from the age of four. Her mother convinced an experienced skating coach to take her as a student. They eventually relocated to Moscow for better prospects for her skating career. Yulia joined Eteri Tutberidze's group in March 2009. In the 2009–10 season, she stood fifth on the junior level at the 2010 Russian Championships. In the next season, she stood fourth on the senior level at the 2011 Russian Championships.
During the 2011-12 season, she became age-eligible for the junior international competition. She made her debut on the Junior Grand Prix series at the JGP Baltic Cup in Gdansk, Poland. She managed to emerge victorious in both the programs and took the gold medal. She again won at the JGP Final in Quebec and earned the gold medal.
At the 2012 Russian Championships, she managed to win the silver at the senior level. At the 2012 Russian Junior Championships, she managed to win the gold.
She made her senior debut at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy, and she managed to win the gold medal. The same year, she competed in and won the silver medal at the 2012 Cup of China. However, due to certain health issues, she was unable to take part in the senior Russian Championships. She next took part in the 2013 World Junior Championships, where along with her teammates she won the silver medal.
Yulia Lipnitskaya began the next season by winning the gold medal at the 2013 Finlandia Trophy. Her next victory was at the 2013 Rostelecom Cup, where she again won the gold, along with setting a new personal best score. At the 2014 Russian Championships, she again won the silver medal, after which she made her debut in the European Championships. At the age of fifteen, she became the youngest European champion in ladies’ singles, and the first Russian to win the ladies’ title since Slutskaya in 2006.
She made her international debut at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan. She won the silver medal and was 9.19 points behind the gold medalist, Mao Asada.
During the next two seasons, Yulia’s brilliant form continued. However, in 2017, her mother Daniela announced that her daughter had decided to retire, mostly due to medical reasons. Yulia suffered from anorexia, and she was undergoing treatment in an Israeli clinic.
Yulia appeared on the front cover of the May 2014 issue of ‘Elle Girl Russia.’ The next year, she received the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for favorite Russian athlete. She has also signed a long-term contract with Adidas.
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Family & Personal Life
Yulia Lipnitskaya was born on 5 June 1998, in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She was raised by her single mother, Daniela Lipnitskaya. Her father had been drafted into the Russian army while her mother was still pregnant, and he didn’t return to the family later.
Regarding her personal life, she is believed to be single.