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15-year-old Lipnitskaya comes up big for Russia in team figure skating

Sochi Olympics Figure Skating

Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia competes in the women’s team short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Vadim Ghirda

European figure skating champion Yulia Lipnitskaya may only be 15 years old, but in yesterday’s second day of Olympic team figure skating, the Russian up-and-comer skated with the poise of a seasoned veteran.

She won the ladies’ short program for Russia, giving them 10 more points that solidified their lead atop the standings going into today’s final day of team competition.

“I felt nervous at the start of the program, but once I started, I just relied on my training,” she told’s Nicholas McCarvel. “I just skated.”

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That ability to stay even-keeled under pressure helped her turn in a great performance that won hearty applause from her countrymen at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

To see her full short program from yesterday, click here.

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