15-year-old star skater Julia Lipnitskaia returns to Sochi
Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia competes in the women's team free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:42AM EST
SOCHI, Russia -- Julia Lipnitskaia is back at the Sochi Olympics figure skating venue for practice.
She did a full run-through of her program in Tuesday's session, but did not talk to the media.
After thrilling her country by helping Russia take the gold medal in the team event Feb. 9, the 15-year-old skating prodigy went to Moscow to train for the women's individual competition.
The Russian skating federation believed she would get more quality time on the ice there than in Sochi, where she created such a sensation by winning the short and long programs in the team event.
The women's short program is Wednesday night, followed by the free skate Thursday. Lipnitskaia skates 25th in the short program.