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Thread: Can Lipnitskaya close the gap on Mao & Kim in time for the Olympics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    I believe this could be said of any elite athlete. I don't know how you can quantify her as the hardest working athlete when compared to Mao, Yuna, Caro, Gracie, Ashley, Akiko, Kanako, Katelyn, Polina, Adelina, Zijun, Hanyu, Patrick, Jeremy, Jason, Javier, Tomas, or anyone else though. They ALL work hard
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    That's my point. She is every bit as deserving of a medal as ANYONE. It was in response to the people who keep saying she basically isn't worthy of this medal or that medal do to certain constraints they have on the sport. It was in no way to implicate she deserved a medal more but simply as much as any of the other girls competing. I said I wanted the best skater of the night to win. Not the most "seniorish" or reputable and so on and so forth.

    It's very easy to quantify that she is ONE of the hardest working athletes in all of sports. Look at the level of competition she has faced and measure her results. Read any article about her work out schedules and intensity level during training. If you factor in she is doing it at 15 yrs old, its easy to be wowed. I'm not saying you need to like her. I'm just trying to curb the notion that she isn't good enough for Gold and if she won it's some conspiracy or a disgrace to the sport in some way. They ALL deserve a medal, who can bring it should be the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyjo24 View Post
    That we don't know until the actual competition. Julia has done extremely well so far, and I respect her for that, but she has had zero experience at senior worlds/ Olympics.
    Julia had zero experience for:
    Junior Internationals, and won her first JGP Event,
    JGP Final, and won it,
    JrWorlds, and won it,
    GP Events, and had medal at her first GP Event,
    the same - her first GP Final,
    Senior ISU Championships, and won Euro.

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    @Alexrus and Andyjo24

    Mao also competed in nine Japanese nationals prior to this year winning six of them and still only managed 3rd place. This doesn't make her a less capable skater but it does suggest she is capable of less than a guaranteed medal in a field with much more depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch View Post
    @Alexrus and Andyjo24

    Mao also competed in nine Japanese nationals prior to this year winning six of them and still only managed 3rd place. This doesn't make her a less capable skater but it does suggest she is capable of less than a guaranteed medal in a field with much more depth.
    I think any skater save for Kim has shown to be occasionally incapable of a medal if the field skates well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRus View Post
    Julia Lipnitskaia won the "Golden Podium" prize "Best Russian Athlete of Janiary 2014".
    This prize is given monthly on results of voting by SMS and on sports site.
    46.1% at first round (of 5 pretenders).
    65.8% at final round (of two pretenders with highest result of first round).

    http://news.sportbox.ru/Vidy_sporta/...o-sportsmena-y
    http://news.sportbox.ru/Vidy_sporta/...lotogo-piedest
    http://news.sportbox.ru/Vidy_sporta/...y-piedestal-20
    Awesome! And well deserved. First Russian Euros winner in 8 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    I think any skater save for Kim has shown to be occasionally incapable of a medal if the field skates well.
    And Julia. So far she has achieved the gold or the silver medal in every international event except for Trophée Eric Bompard, last year, where she skated while injured and nevertheless gained the bronze medal. Medaling in 13 out of 13 events over three years, she has nine gold, three silver, and one bronze.

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