Winter Olympic figure skating 2014 schedule and preview: Yulia Lipnitskaya the star of the show

Matthew Stockman

A 15-year-old skating in her hometown will be the main attraction on Wednesday.

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The women's short program will have the figure skating stage all to itself on Wednesday at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya will be the star of the show. Skating in her home country, the 15-year-old is expected to draw a massive crowd. Italian Carolina Kostner, the 2012 World Champion, should also be a strong contender for the gold medal, which will be awarded after the free skating portion of the event on Thursday. Those two will skate back-to-back. While Kostner has won five European championships, she is now 27 years old and still has not taken home an Olympic medal.

The United States will have three skaters in the event as well. Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds will be America's hope at medaling in this figure skating event.

Below is a schedule for the women's figure skating short program on Wednesday. The field will be cut to 24 after the short program event has been completed.

Women's short program: 10 a.m. ET - 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

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