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Skating Star Out of Grand Prix Finals

14:47 30.11.2012 (Last updated 16:25 30.11.2012)

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MOSCOW, November 30 (R-Sport) - Russia's 14-year-old figure skating prodigy Julia Lipnitskaia has been ruled out of next week's Grand Prix Finals after suffering a concussion in a fall in training, an official said Friday.

Lipnitskaia wowed the figure skating world by qualifying for the prestigious event in her first season on the senior Grand Prix circuit.

But she split her chin open after losing her balance on a jump in training Wednesday, and has been advised by doctors not to risk participating in the finals.

"This was a big shock for us all," the head of the Russian figure skating federation Alexander Gorshkov was quoted as saying by the body's website.

"But in sport, nobody is invulnerable to such misfortune."

The Yekaterinburg native racked up the necessary points by clinching the silver at the Cup of China behind two-time world champion Mao Asada and finishing third at the Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris.

She will be replaced at the finals, on her home soil in Sochi, by U.S. reserve skater Christina Gao.

Russia will still have a representative in the women's event at the finals, a de facto test event for the 2014 Winter Olympics, in 15-year-old Liza Tuktamysheva.

Skate America champion Ashley Wagner leads the lineup, also joined by Asada, Cup of Russia winner Kiira Korpi, and Akiko Suzuki.

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