Transcript for Can US Women Stop Russia's Figure Skating Phenom?
with the figure skating showdown that starts today at the olympics. Americans Gracie gold and Ashley Wagner facing off against each other. But the bigger question perhaps, can they stop Russia's 15-year-old phenom. ABC's Matt Gutman has the story. ♪ Reporter: It's a battle royal for the crown of this olympics queen of the ice. Leading the charge, skating's newest sensation, yulia lipnitskaya. The 15-year-old Russian spun her way to victory during the team competition. ? Wow. At just 5'2", the pint-size princess renowned for her gum by-like flexibility helped her homeland win the team event making her the youngest skater in 78 years to win olympic gold but even with a home rink advantage the flawless phenom will have to dethrone the queen herself, yuna Kim, the south Korean who seems to float above the ice as much as skate on it as she shattered records in Vancouver in 2010. But a couple of Americans will be nipping at their blades today. 18-year-old Gracie gold glittered for the stars and stripes during the team contest, the U.S. Took bronze as the Massachusetts native lands her lutzs and aced the axl. Her precompetition ritual nearly as impressive. I always listen to my music and I usually juggle. Reporter: Then there's gold's U.S. Teammate, Ashley Wagner, the feisty 22-year-old already made headlines in sochi with that look of dismay tweeted around the world during the team portion. But now the two-time U.S. Champion will have to work her alchemy turning that glare into gold. So what's her secret to success? I have to find the little crystal before I skate. I can't be looking for it. I just have to happen to come across one and then I pick it up and I put it in my pocket.
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