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Throwback: Figure Skating Team Trophy at the 2014 Winter Olympics

The inaugural figure skating team event at Sochi 2014 set the stage for the Olympic debut of two young talents extraordinaire - then 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya and 19-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu. Both were fresh off their first major title, she at the European Championships and he at the Grand Prix Final, both carried the weight of their country’s expectation, both rose magnificently to the occasion and dazzled the world with their very first skate on the Olympic ice. They would go on to secure their places among the youngest Olympians ever to claim Gold.

But Sochi was also where their parallels stopped and their paths diverged. 

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Russia’s 15-year-old prodigy Yuri Plisetsky at the Rostelecom Cup,  Yuri!!! On Ice

Russia’s 15-year-old prodigy Yulia Lipnitskaya at the Sochi Olympics, 2014

She is very beautiful, isn’t she? Fun fact: Yulia is a spokeswoman for Adidas. 

Then and now

Olympics 2018 are almost here, but at first, let’s take a look at the Sochi 2014 skaters and how much they have changed in the last 3 years :-)

Yulia Lipnitskaya

The biggest transformation

Sochi 2014

GP series 2015

Rostelecom 2016

 

Adelina Sotnikova

Sochi 2014

 

Rostelecom cup 2015

 

Gabrielle Daleman

Sochi 2014

Worlds 2017

Gracie Gold

Sochi 2014

GP series 2016

 

Ashley Wagner

Sochi 2014

 

Challenge series 2016

Mao Asada

Sochi 2014

Finlandia 2016

Yuzuru Hanyu

Sochi 2014

GP series 2016

Kevin Reynolds

Sochi 2014

Worlds 2017

 

Kanako Murakami

 

Sochi 2014

 

GP series 2016

Polina Edmunds

Sochi 2014

GP series 2015

Carolina Kostner

Sochi 2014

Worlds 2017

 

Bonus: Brian Orser

Sochi 2014

4CC 2017

Every Yuzuru Fanfic

• basic white girl who happens to be fluent in Japanese
• if she isn’t fully white she’s Japanese or of Japanese descent
• basic chick is either dying or has been sexually assaulted
• trains at cricket club
• Javier and Nam are awkward side characters solely existing for banter
• Yuzuru is always a cute guy but never does stupid shit like he does irl
• Brian is always in the way somehow
• “but Naruto-chan, you’re beautiful to me~”
• romance takes ages to establish
• when established it fucking sucks my nokia
• random events that aren’t relevant to the plot whatsoever
• sCaRy ShIt like BAD FALLS
• lots of tears and not enough romance
• no banter between Yuzuru and OC? Just sloppy shit and tears?
• comments regarding fanfic are either fangirling bullfuckery or reminding the writer to finish what they’re started
• dramatic title
the other fanfics are Yuzulia ones that were regurgitated from Sochi and Yuzuvier ones that are pretty decent if you like constant sex

Julia Lipnitskaya, Rostelecom Cup 2016 (Short Program)

This is almost certainly one of my top Ladies looks for the season. Proof that you can make earthy tones beautiful and not drab, because I just love this maroon-mahogany color on Julia.

Of course the sparkle helps, as does the tailoring and the lovely criss-cross back. Long sleeves to gloves was unquestionably the right choice here.

I still believe, Julia! Next season! Next season. ;___;

Grade: A+