August 28, 2017 / 2:45 PM / 2 years ago

Figure skating: Russian Olympic gold medalist Lipnitskaya retires - reports

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya competes during the Figure Skating Women's Short Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

YANTARNY, Russia (Reuters) - Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya has retired from the sport at the age of 19, Russian media reported on Monday.

Lipnitskaya became the face of the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a 15-year-old after helping Russia win gold in the team event. 

She became Russia’s youngest Winter Olympic gold medalist, and the youngest gold medalist in figure skating for 78 years.

Lipnitskaya informed the Russian Figure Skating Federation of her decision to retire in April after undergoing treatment for anorexia, her mother told TASS news agency.

The news about Lipnitskaya came a day after 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.

Sotnikova’s coach, twice Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Plushenko, told R-Sport news agency that her absence from next year’s Games should not be viewed as her retirement.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber, editing by Ed Osmond

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