1. She's Only 15.
That's a full two years younger than her Olympic teammate, Adelina Sotnikova.
2. She began skating at age four.
For perspective: At age four, most of us don't know how to color without trying to eat the crayon. Or just me?
3. She had no falls on the ice in all her competitions throughout the entire 2011–2012 season.
4. She thrives on competition.
She LOVES IT. And her drive to train is unparalleled; her mom Daniela, once said about her, "You can teach a bear to dance on ice if you train a lot." Um, I beg to differ because I'm basically a bear (re: size and level of grace) and I can't dance on ice, but I get the point. And when you look at her two Olympics performances, you see that her drive is paying off, big time.
5. She has competed with a twisted ankle.
The day before she left for Paris for the 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard, she twisted her right ankle during off-ice training. She decided to compete and ended up winning first in the short program and third in the free skate and won the bronze medal. Dang.
6. Her short program used to be to the theme of Kung Fu Panda.
8. Again, SHE CAN DO THIS:
9. Also this:
10. Her name is spelled four different ways, depending on where you look.
Julia Lipinskaia, Julia Lipinskaya, Yulia Lipinskaia, and Yulia Lipinskaya. Help.
11. Russia has never won a gold medal in women's singles.
This isn't exactly about her, but it's entirely relevant. The pressure is ON for Lipnitskaia, who beat out a big talent pool of Russian skaters for a spot on the Olympics team.
12. Tara Lipinski thinks she can win it all.
Lipinski, who was just 15 when she won the 1998 Olympic gold in Japan, is very impressed by Lipinskaia. "I think Lipnitskaia could be the surprise of the Olympics." Lipinski, like Lipinskaia, is known for her flexibility and rapid rotation on her spins and jumps, so she probably knows what she's talking about. Plus, those names are too similar for it to just be a coincidence! (It is.)
13. Kristi Yamaguchi is also a fan: