Gold medalist in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Games, 22-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya has joined Angels of Plushenko as a coach.
Evgeni Plushenko announced the news in an Instagram post, saying: “I am very glad that Yulia Lipnitskaya has joined my Angels of Plushenko team! Julia is not only my great friend but also a great professional. Welcome in our club Angels of Plushenko! Welcome to our family Angels of Plushenko, Julia! Now we have 3 Olympic champions in our team – power.”
Plushenko’s post on Instagram:
Lipnitskaya began skating at the age of four and moved from Yekaterinburg to Moscow in 2009, where she joined Eteri Tutberidze’s team. She went on to win the 2011-2012 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final and became the 2012 World Junior champion. Notably, she had no falls on the ice in any of her competitions throughout the entire 2011–2012 season.
After struggling with injuries and withdrawing from some competitions in the 2012-2013 season, Lipnitskaya entered the 2013-2014 season as a full-time senior level competitor. She began the Olympic season by winning both of her ISU Grand Prix series assignments – Skate Canada and Rostelecom Cup. She finished second at the ISU Grand Prix Final – just ten points behind Mao Asada – and was second again at the 2014 Russian National Championship – only two points behind fellow future Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova.
Lipnitskaya went on to win the 2014 European Championship and then became the star of the 2014 Olympic Games due to an incredible performance of her free skate program to the theme of Schindler’s List in the first ever team event – helping Russia win the gold medal in Sochi.
Lipnitskaya’s performance at the team event of the 2014 Winter Olympics:
Unfortunately, Lipnitskaya struggled in the ladies event at the Olympic Games – placing fifth overall, while fellow Russian skater Sotnikova took the gold medal. At the season’s final competition – the 2014 World Championship, Lipnitskaya won the silver medal by finishing just nine points behind Asada.
From then on, Lipnitskaya struggled to find further success as a figure skater. In November of 2015, she left Tutberidze’s team to join Alexei Urmanov in Sochi; however, in August of 2017, it was reported that Lipnitskaya has announced her retirement as a competitive athlete.
She continues to be involved as a performer at ice shows and in June 2020 gave birth to a daughter. Originally, it was announced that Lipnitskaya would team up with Elena Ilinykh for their own figure skating school; however, after Lipnitskaya’s pregnancy, those plans seem to have changed: in August of 2020, Ilinykh joined Angels of Plushenko as a coach, and now Lipnitskaya has followed suit as well.