MOSCOW, February 27 (R-Sport) - Russian figure skating sensation Julia Lipnitskaia likes the luxury car she's been given as a prize for capturing a gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games. There's just one problem - she's far too young to drive it.
Lipnitskaia, 15, became one of the youngest Olympic gold medal winners in history when she helped Russia to victory in the inaugural team event at the Olympics earlier this month.
She was one of 44 athletes to receive a Mercedes in a ceremony led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday.
"I sat in the car, and I liked everything," Lipnitskaia told R-Sport. "I'll start driving it when I'm 18 - rules are rules!" she said. "What will I do with it in the mean time? We still don't know, right now we'll just take it home," she added, referring to her base in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.
Lipnitskaia's expected challenge for gold in the individual event faded when she fell in the short program and also in the free skate the next day. The event was won by her compatriot Adelina Sotnikova, who recorded a massive personal best to dethrone reigning champion Kim Yuna of South Korea.