Teen sensation Julia Lipnitskaia won the women's short program Saturday to give Russia the lead in the new team event heading into the free skate competitions at the Sochi Olympics.
With a scintillating performance, the 15-year-old easily edged five-time European champion Carolina Kostner of Italy and two-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan. It gave Russia 37 points, ahead of Canada with 32, and the United States with 27.
Also advancing were Japan (24) and Italy (23). The five nations were to compete in the pairs free skate later Saturday night.
Earlier, world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White quickstepped their way to victory in the team short dance, lifting the U.S. into the medals hunt. Defending champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada were second.
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