Ioulia Lipnitskaïa

Yulia Vyacheslavovna Lipnitskaya is a Russian former competitive figure skater. She was part of the Russian team to win the 2014 Winter Olympics team trophy. Individually, Lipnitskaya is the 2014 World silver medalist, the 2014 European champion, the 2013–14 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and a two-time Russian national silver medalist (2012 & 2014).

Lipnitskaya is the youngest Russian athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Within the ladies' singles category, she is the youngest gold medalist at the European Championships. She is also the youngest figure skater to win a gold medal at the Olympics under modern rules.

Lipnitskaya was 15 years, 249 days old when Russia won the team trophy, six days younger than American Tara Lipinski, who won the gold medal in the individual event at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

2016–17 season

For the 2016–17 season, Lipnitskaya was assigned to two ISU Grand Prix events, Skate America and Rostelecom Cup. She began her season by placing second at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial, to teammate Maria Sotskova. Lipnitskaya withdrew from Skate America after a recurring injury.

She opted to compete at her second Grand Prix assignment, the 2016 Rostelecom Cup. In the short program, Lipnitskaya earned a 69.25, the highest score she's received since the 2014 Cup of China, and she went into third place behind compatriots Elena Radionova and Anna Pogorilaya who placed second and first respectively.

2015–16 season

In May 2015 Lipnitskaya started working with new choreographer Marina Zueva in Chicago to prepare her programs for new season. Her 2015–16 Grand Prix assignments were the Skate America and the Trophée Éric Bompard.

She began her season with a 2nd-place finish at 2015 Finlandia Trophy.

She placed fifth at 2015 Skate America during the short program but dropped to seventh after struggles in the free skate, resulting in an overall 6th place.

Retirement

On 28 August 2017, Lipnitskaya's mother, Daniela, told TASS that her daughter had decided to retire in April, and had informed the Russian Figure Skating Federation of her decision following a return home from continental Europe, where she underwent three months of medical treatment.

Valentin Piseyev, Honorary President of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, confirmed that Lipnitskaya had informed them of her decision in April and that August's announcement did not come as a surprise