Adelina Sotnikova

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Adelina Sotnikova
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Sotnikova at the 2013 Cup of China
Personal information
Native name Аделина Дмитриевна Сотникова
Full name Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova
Country represented Russia
Born (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 18)
Moscow, Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Coach Elena Buianova (Vodorezova)
Choreographer Tatiana Tarasova, Peter Tchernyshev, Irina Tagaeva
Skating club CSKA Moscow
Began skating 2000
World standing 3 (As of 4 July 2014)[1]
Season's bests 1 (2013–2014)[2]
5 (2012–2013)[3]
13 (2011–2012)[4]
9 (2010–2011)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 224.59
2014 Winter Olympics
Short program 74.64
2014 Winter Olympics
Free skate 149.95
2014 Winter Olympics

Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova (Russian: Адели́на Дми́триевна Со́тникова [ɐdʲɪˈlʲinə ˈso̞tnɪkɐvʲə]; born 1 July 1996) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2014 Olympic champion, a two-time European silver medalist (2013–2014), a five-time medalist on the Grand Prix series, and a four-time Russian national champion (2009, 2011–2012, 2014). On the junior level, she is the 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 JGP Final champion, and 2012 Youth Olympics silver medalist. She is the first Russian to win the Olympic gold medal in ladies' singles figure skating.

Career[edit]

Adelina Sotnikova began skating at the age of four at the Yuzhny ice rink near her home in Moscow.[6][7][8] Taught by Anna Patrikeyeva until the age of seven,[9][10] she then began training at CSKA which is further away from her home.[7] She began working with coach Elena Buianova (Vodorezova) a year later.[8]

During the 2008–2009 season, Sotnikova debuted at the senior level at the 2009 Russian Nationals and won the gold medal at the age of 12.[8][11] One month later she also won the 2009 Russian Junior Championships.[12]

Sotnikova was ineligible to compete on the Junior Grand Prix circuit during the 2009–2010 season because International Skating Union rules require that skaters turn 13 before 1 July in their place of birth – she was born a few hours into 1 July in Moscow.[13] Sotnikova's mother told her that she was born a month prematurely anyway.[13] She struggled with a growth spurt and dropped to fourth at Russian senior nationals and sixth in the junior event.

2010–2011 season[edit]

Sotnikova with medalists Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Li Zijun at the 2010–11 JGP Final

Sotnikova made her junior Grand Prix debut during the 2010–2011 season. She won gold medals in Austria and the U.K. and qualified for the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final where she won the title.[14]

At the 2011 Russian Championships, she placed second in the short program and first in the long, to win her second national title.[15] She was assigned to the World Junior Championships where she won the gold medal ahead of teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.[16][17]

2011–2012 season[edit]

According to ISU age rules, Sotnikova was eligible for the senior Grand Prix circuit during the 2011–2012 season, although not for senior ISU Championships. She was assigned to two Grand Prix events, the 2011 Cup of China and 2011 Rostelecom Cup. She intended to begin her season at the 2011 Ondrej Nepela Memorial but withdrew after a leg injury caused her to miss a month of off-season training.[18] She won the bronze medal at Cup of China[19] and at Rostelecom Cup, to become the first alternate for the ladies' event at the Grand Prix Final.

Sotnikova then competed at the 2011 Golden Spin of Zagreb and won the gold medal. At the 2012 Russian Championships, she placed first in the short program and second in the long program, to win her third national title. She then competed at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and won the silver medal. At the 2012 World Junior Championships, she won the bronze medal behind teammate Yulia Lipnitskaya and U.S. skater Gracie Gold.[20] Sotnikova was named in the Russian team for 2012 ISU World Team Trophy. She finished 4th overall and posted a season's best in her free skate of 113.57 points.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Sotnikova started her season with a silver medal at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy. Her first GP event of the season was the 2012 Skate America.[21] In the free skate, Sotnikova's 3Lo-2T-2Lo jump combination received no points because it was deemed an invalid element. She won the bronze medal overall behind Americans Christina Gao and gold medalist Ashley Wagner. At her next event, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup, Sotnikova finished 5th. At the 2013 Russian Championships, she won the bronze medal behind Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. At the 2013 European Championships, she placed first in the short program, third in the long program, and won the silver medal overall, 0.72 points behind gold medalist Carolina Kostner. Sotnikova and bronze medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva were Russia's first medalists in the Europeans ladies' event since Irina Slutskaya won the title in 2006.

After Europeans, Sotnikova performed in Art on Ice in Switzerland.[22] She finished 9th in her World Championships debut. Appearing in her second team event, she placed fourth in ladies at the 2013 World Team Trophy.[23] Team Russia finished 4th overall.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Sotnikova at the 2013 Cup of China podium

Sotnikova started her season competing with Team Europe at the 2013 Japan Open. Her first 2013–14 Grand Prix assignment was Cup of China. She placed first in the short and third in the free skate, winning the silver medal ahead of Carolina Kostner. In her next event, the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard, she placed third in the short, first in the free skate, and won the silver medal behind American Ashley Wagner. The results qualified Sotnikova to her first Grand Prix Final. At the event in Fukuoka, Japan, she was second in the short, placed sixth in the free, and finished 5th overall.

At the 2014 Russian Championships, Sotnikova placed first in the short, second in the free, and won her fourth national title, edging out Yulia Lipnitskaya for the gold. Appearing in her second European Championships, Sotnikova placed first in the short and second in the free, taking the silver medal with an overall score of 202.36 points while Lipnitskaya won gold. She is the second Russian skater to record a score above the 200 mark in ladies' singles.

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics began with the team event. Although Russian skating officials initially intended to assign Sotnikova and Lipnitskaya to one program each, they decided a week before the event that Lipnitskaya would skate both segments.[24][10] Sotnikova won the gold medal in the ladies' individual event with an overall score of 224.59 points. Sotnikova was behind Kim Yuna after the short program, but overtook her by winning the free skate. This event led to a controversy on the scoring and judging.[25][26][27][28] In the press conference after her win at the Olympics, Sotnikova stated that she became "more motivated to win the singles competition" after she was not chosen to compete in the earlier team competition.[24][29][30][31] She was awarded the Order of Friendship on 24 February 2014.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova was born on 1 July 1996 in Moscow.[33] Her father Dmitry is a police officer and her mother Olga has worked as a homemaker and in merchandising.[10] Her sister, Maria, is two years younger and has Treacher Collins syndrome.[10] Sotnikova credits Maria as the most influential person on her career and sees figure skating as a job to support her sister.[9][34][35] Sotnikova attended a high school where athletes form about half the student body.[22] In 2013, she enrolled in a sports university with a view to becoming a coach.[22][36] She admires Mao Asada.[37]

Programs[edit]

Sotnikova at the 2014 Winter Olympics podium
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[36][38]
  • Oblivion
2012–2013
[39]
2011–2012
[40]
2010–2011
[41]
2009–2010
2008–2009
2007–2008

Competitive highlights[edit]

Sotnikova with President Vladimir Putin after her Olympic win, 24 February 2014
Results[42]
International
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 1st
Worlds 9th
Europeans 2nd 2nd
Grand Prix Final 5th
GP Bompard 2nd
GP Cup of China 3rd 2nd
GP Rostelecom 3rd 5th
GP Skate America 3rd
Nebelhorn 2nd
Golden Spin 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 1st 3rd
Youth Olympics 2nd
JGP Final 1st
JGP Austria 1st
JGP Great Britain 1st
NRW Trophy 6th J.
National
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Russian Champ. 1st 4th 1st 1st 3rd 1st
Russian Junior 10th 1st 6th
Team events
World Team 5T/4P 4T/4P
Japan Open 3T/4P
J. = Junior level
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships – Worlds, Europeans, and Junior Worlds. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.)

Sotnikova performing her gala at the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard
Sotnikova at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Sotnikova at the 2010–2011 JGP Final
2013–2014 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
6–22 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi) Senior 2
74.64
1
149.95
1
224.59
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships Senior 1
70.73
2
131.63
2
202.36
24–26 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships Senior 1
72.53
2
140.24
1
212.77
5–8 December 2013 2013–14 Grand Prix Final Senior 2
68.38
6
104.92
5
173.30
15–17 November 2013 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard Senior 3
60.01
1
129.80
2
189.81
1–2 November 2013 2013 Cup of China Senior 1
66.03
3
108.67
2
174.70
5–7 October 2013 2013 Japan Open Senior -
-
5
105.95
-
-
2012–2013 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
11–14 April 2013 2013 World Team Trophy Senior 1
67.13
6
115.97
4
183.10
13–17 March 2013 2013 World Championships Senior 8
59.62
9
116.36
9
175.98
23–27 January 2013 2013 European Championships Senior 1
67.61
3
126.38
2
193.99
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships Senior 2
66.99
3
123.76
3
190.75
9–11 November 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup Senior 5
57.11
7
100.87
5
157.98
19–21 October 2012 2012 Skate America Senior 2
58.93
3
110.03
3
168.96
27–29 September 2012 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy Senior 1
58.48
2
109.75
2
168.23
2011–2012 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
18–22 April 2012 2012 World Team Trophy Senior 6
56.12
4
113.57
4
169.69
2–3 March 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 3
56.57
3
111.88
3
168.45
13–22 January 2012 2012 Winter Youth Olympics Junior 2
59.44
3
99.64
2
159.08
25–29 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships Senior 1
68.65
2
125.06
1
193.71
8–12 December 2011 2011 Golden Spin of Zagreb Senior 2
51.83
1
110.64
1
162.47
25–27 November 2011 2011 Cup of Russia Senior 3
57.79
3
111.96
3
169.75
3–6 November 2011 2011 Cup of China Senior 3
53.74
3
106.21
3
159.95
2010–2011 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
1–5 March 2011 2011 World Junior Championships Junior 1
59.51
1
115.45
1
174.96
26–29 December 2011 Russian Championships Senior 2
63.79
1
133.65
1
197.44
9–12 December 2010 2010–11 JGP Final Junior 1
57.27
1
112.54
1
169.81
30 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2010 2010 JGP Great Britain Junior 1
59.39
1
107.31
1
166.70
15–19 September 2010 2010 JGP Austria Junior 1
61.32
1
117.65
1
178.97
2009–2010 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 4
57.28
6
93.50
6
150.78
23–27 December 2009 2010 Russian Championships Senior 3
4
4
172.69
2008–2009 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
28–31 January 2009 2009 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
1
1
170.28
24–28 December 2008 2009 Russian Championships Senior 1
2
1
160.55
2007–2008 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
30 Jan. – 2 Feb. 2008 2008 Russian Junior Championships Junior 7
13
10
116.62
30 Nov. – 2 Dec. 2007 2007 NRW Trophy Junior 3
37.17
6
59.26
6
96.43

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