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Russian sports minister says impressed with figure skater Lipnitskaya

February 09, 2014, 3:49 UTC+3 SOCHI

“She is simply a clever girl,” Mutko said in an interview with Itar-Tass

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SOCHI, February 09, 3:36 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko said he was deeply impressed with the performance of figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya in team ladies short program at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Russia’s Lipnitskaya, 15, skated on Saturday to “You don’t give up on my love” music to eventually be awarded by judges with 72.90 points and finish in the first place out of 10 skaters, leaving behind renowned Italy’s Carolina Kostner and Japan’s Mao Asada.

“She is simply a clever girl,” Mutko said in an interview with Itar-Tass. “It was just a short program, but she skated it at simply outstanding and the highest possible level.”

“She impressed us in every possible way, which includes her skating skills, grace, technique and definitely her artistic impression,” Mutko said adding that “we can be proud of her!”

Speaking after her performance, Lipnitskaya, the 2013 European champion and the youngest member of the Russian Sochi Olympic team, said she “felt calm as never before” as she competed on Saturday.

The Russian team currently leads in figure skating team competition with 47 points and are followed by the Canadian team (41 points) and the United States with 34 points.

The team figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics, which run between February 7 and 23, will be rounded up on Sunday by men’s free program, ladies’ free program and pairs ice dance.

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