07 Septiembre 2017 14:05
She couldn't cope with the fame...
Russian figure skating champion, Yulia Lipnitskaya, who became the youngest Winter Olympic gold medalist at the Sochi Games in 2014, has retired at the age of 19 after a battle with anorexia.What promised to be a long and successful career for Lipnitskaya has been cut short due to the eating disorder. Her mother told Russian news agency, TASS, that her daughter had informed the Russian Figure Skating Federation that she was leaving the profession in April after returning from a ‘three-month treatment for anorexia’ in Europe. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, called her a ‘little legend who took Russian women's figure skating to the highest level after a long stagnation’. Lipnitskaya won the free skate and short programme and joined the Russian Olympic team to earn gold at the Sochi Games in 2014 at the tender age of 15. She became the youngest figure skater to win a gold medal in 78 years. President Vladimir Putin had high praise for the young talent and declared her a ‘master of sport’, the country’s highest sporting honour. However, she struggled to cope with the fame. After a number of disappointing performances, she battled through a hip injury to win the Cup of Tyrol in Innsbruck, Austria, last year, but then missed the Russian championships with a hip and back injury. Lipnitskaya started gaining weight as well, and after photos emerged of her being given a new flat this year, social media commentators questioned whether she might be pregnant. She responded by saying: ‘Do I have to weigh 37 kilograms (82 pounds) for the rest of my life for you to be happy.’