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Winter Olympics: Queen Yu Na unfazed by rising Russian star

Published on Feb 12, 2014 5:35 PM
 
South Korea's reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu Na (right) brushed off the threat to her title from teenage Russian prodigy Julia Lipnitskaia as she left Seoul on Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014, for the 2014 Games. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu Na brushed off the threat to her title from teenage Russian prodigy Julia Lipnitskaia as she left Seoul on Wednesday for the 2014 Games.

The 15-year-old Lipnitskaia became the youngest female figure skater in 78 years to win a gold medal after helping the Olympic host nation seal the inaugural team title in Sochi.

Now she has her eyes set firmly on preventing Kim becoming only the third woman to win back-to-back figure skating golds at the Winter Games.

Speaking to reporters before boarding her flight to Sochi, Kim, who is known as "Queen Yu Na" in her home country, said Lipnitskaia would be buoyed by home support.

 
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