• Julia eyes Russia’s 3rd skating gold


    SOCHI, Russia: Teen sensation Julia Lipnitskaia will be looking to lift the deflated spirits of home fans after Yevgeny Plushenko’s shock withdrawal from the Olympics in the women’s event starting on Wednesday.

    More history beckons for the 15-year-old who became the youngest female figure skater in 78 years to win a gold amid wild celebrations after their team success at the Iceberg Skating Palace just over a week ago.

    She could become not only the first Russian to win the women’s title but also the first individual skater to win two gold medals at the same Olympics.

    It would be a third title for Russia after Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov pairs’ success, in which they led a 1-2 ahead of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov.



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