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Rostelecom Cup: JULIA LIPNITSKAIA LEADS THE SHORT PROGRAM FOLLOWED BY EUROPEAN CHAMPION CAROLINA KOSTNER, AGNES ZAWADZKI IN THIRD PLACE.

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia pleased the crowd of the Luzhniki Small Sports Arena in Moscow with a perfect Short Program, skating to the music of “You Don’t Give Up on Love” by Mark Minkov. The 15-year old skater performed a triple flip, a very difficult triple lutz-triple toeloop combination and excellent spins. She scored 72.24 points, improving her program components score by 4 points. When asked what exactly she was drawing on the ice at the beginning of her program, the cryptic Julia answered “Everyone sees what they wish to see.”. The veteran Carolina Kostner of Italy scored 67.74 points and was in second place. The reigning European Champion struggled on the landing of the second jump of the triple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, but she also completed a beautiful triple loop and a double axel. She earned the highest components score of the competition with her butterfly-themed program, for which she designed a red dress with the help of her mother. “I actually really enjoyed performing. As soon as I stepped on the ice, I felt a pleasure being here. The 2005 Worlds came to my mind. This was the practice rink, I competed there. Being still able to skate is an honor for me. It feels very special (the Moscow ice)”, the 26-years old commented. Agnes Zawadzki of the USA performed a clean short program worth the third place and a score of 60.45 points. The American skater also felt very comfortable on Russian ice: “I’m so happy with the way I competed today. I finally feel like I was myself and I completed what I do in training. I have been struggling with my confidence, but since yesterday when I stepped on the ice I felt myself again.”

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