In her spectacular debut at the Winter Olympics, she easily outskated far more experienced competitors including Carolina Kostner of Italy, for whom this is her third Olympics, and Japan's Mao Asada, who is competing in her second Games. Although the Olympics is the first event of such scale for Yulia, she did not seem nervous. With no visible anxiety, she stood on the ice and performed as though she did it every day.After her sensational free skate program to music from “Schindler’s List,” Yulia modestly told journalists that this was not her best performance. “For me, this skate was not the best. We will work on mistakes so that on the individual championship there are no flaws,” she said. “It was annoying that I failed the last rotation,” she confessed. “And, yes, I could strengthen jumps. In the individual tournament, I set the highest goals.” She will now fly back home to Moscow, where she trains, and return to Sochi in several days to compete for gold in the individual event.
Born in the city of Yekaterinburg, located in the Ural Mountains, Yulia first stood on the ice at age four. By the age of 10, she had won every tournament in her city, which meant it was time to make a decision: move to the capital city of Moscow and continue her career, or leave the sport. When the question about moving to Moscow appeared, her mother Daniela did not hesitate to abandon everything and leave with her daughter. It wasn't easy, but she believed Yulia would be able to show excellent results at various competitions. Yulia lived up to those expectations. Yulia’s success was followed by a silver medal at the senior level of the 2012 Russian Championships and a gold at the 2012 Russian Junior Championships. It was there that she set her first record, achieving the ladies’ World Junior record with a combined total of 187.05 points on the free skate. Throughout the entire 2011–2012 season, Yulia had no falls on the ice in any her competitions.