Road To The Olympic Games

Julia Lipnitskaia tops in short program at Rostelecom Cup

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia leads following Friday's women's short program at the Rostelecom Cup, the last of six events before the ISU Grand Prix final.

Russian slightly sharper than world champion Caroline Kostner

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia leads the ladies singles competition following the short program at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia took the lead Friday in Moscow after the women's short program at the Rostelecom Cup, the last of six Grand Prix events before the final. 

Carolina Kostner of Italy, the 2012 world champion, is second.

American teammates Agnes Zawadzki and Mirai Nagasu were one-hundredth of a point apart at third and fourth, though well behind the two leaders. 

All managed three triples, but Lipnitskaia landed a lutz-toeloop combination while the others did two toeloops in the combos. 

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