Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya decided to retire at the age of 19 following a battle with anorexia. She became Russia’s youngest Winter Olympic gold medalist in figure skating in 78years.
"Yulia informed the (figure skating) Federation of her decision to retire in April right after her return from Europe, where she underwent a course of treatment for anorexia," the 19-year-old skater's mother Daniela Lipnitskaya said.
Lipnitskaya won gold in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi when she was just 15, becoming the youngest Olympic skating champion since 1936.
Moreover, in the same year in April 2014, she bounced back with silver at the world, which was her last major event. She even became a symbol of figure skating for many Russians after Sochi Olympics, especially when President Vladimir Putin praised her after her performances.
Lipnitskaya retirement news came just a day after when the coach of reigning Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova said she would miss the rest of the season and not defend her title at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea due to injury.
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