Russian girls dominate Junior Grand Prix finals

The awards ceremony for the Russian winners of the singles free skating competition at the Junior Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating in Quebec, Canada. From left: Polina Shelepen (silver), Yulia Lipnitskaya (gold), and Polina Korobeynikova (bronze) (RIA Novosti / 
Alexander Vilf)
Budding Russian figure-skaters occupied all three podium places in the ladies’ competition at the Junior Grand Prix Finals in Quebec, Canada.

­Julia Lipnitskaya skated to a landslide victory of on the night, claiming the gold with 17 points to spare.

The 13-year-old once again impressed the judges with her consistent jumps, lovely spins and sensitivity to the romantic Romeo and Juliet soundtrack by Nino Rota. Lipnitskaya received a standing ovation from the crowd at the end of her long routine, which included seven triple jumps.

“I really enjoyed skating today,”
Lipnitskaya told “I was in a very good mood when I stepped onto the ice and I felt joy. I was oozing joy while skating and I never had experienced that before.”

Meanwhile, Polina Shelepen and Polina Korobeynikova completed the all-Russian podium claiming silver and bronze medals respectively.

“I am so happy for the two Polinas [Shelepen and Korobeinikova] and for myself,”
Lipnitskaya added. “It is just great that we Russian girls swept the podium. You always have to go for the victory, but the competition is strong and I could have missed something.”

It is only the second podium sweep in the history of the Junior Ladies Final. The US team bagged all the medals back in 2006.

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