Adelina Sotnikova

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Adelina Sotnikova
Adelina Sotnikova Sochi Medal Ceremony 05 (cropped).jpg
Sotnikova at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics podium
Personal information
Native nameАделина Дмитриевна Сотникова
Full nameAdelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova
Country representedRussia
Born (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 23)
Moscow, Russia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
CoachEvgeni Plushenko
Former coachElena Vodorezova (Buianova)
ChoreographerEmanuel Sandhu
Former choreographerTatiana Tarasova, Peter Tchernyshev, Irina Tagaeva
Skating clubCSKA Moscow
Began skating2000
World standing103 (2017–18)
79 (2016–17)
19 (2015–16)
9 (2014–15)
4 (2013–14)
9 (2012–13)
14 (2011–12)
37 (2010–11)
Season's bests24 (2015-16) 1 (2013–2014)[1]
5 (2012–2013)[2]
13 (2011–2012)[3]
9 (2010–2011)[4]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total224.59
2014 Winter Olympics
Short program75.57
2015 Mordovian Ornament
Free skate149.95
2014 Winter Olympics

Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova (Russian: Адели́на Дми́триевна Со́тникова [ɐdʲɪˈlʲinə ˈsotʲnʲɪkəvə]; born 1 July 1996) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2014 Olympic champion, a two-time Europeans silver medalist (2012, 2013), a two-time Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist (2011, 2015), and a four-time Russian national champion (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014).

On the junior level, she is the 2012 Youth Olympic silver medalist, the 2011 Junior World champion, the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and the 2009 Russian junior national champion.

Career[edit]

Adelina Sotnikova began skating at the age of four at the Yuzhny ice rink near her home in Moscow.[5][6][7] Taught by Anna Patrikeeva until the age of seven,[8][9] she then began training at CSKA which is further away from her home.[6] She began working with coach Elena Buianova (Vodorezova) a year later.[7]

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.[7][10] One month later she also won the 2009 Russian Junior Championships.[11]

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.[12] Sotnikova's mother told her that she was born a month prematurely anyway.[12] 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.[13]

At the 2011 Russian Championships, she placed second in the short program and first in the long, to win her second national title.[14] She was assigned to the World Junior Championships where she won the gold medal ahead of teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.[15][16]

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.[17] She won the bronze medal at Cup of China[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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 Trophée Éric 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.

2014 Olympic Winter Games[edit]

The Figure skating at 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.[9][23]

Sotnikova won the gold medal in the Ladies' individual event with an overall score of 224.59 points, becoming one of the youngest figure skating Olympic champions. She was second behind the defending Olympic and the reigning World Champion Kim Yuna by 0.28 point after the short program, but overtook Kim by winning the free skate. This led to a controversy on the scoring and judging, with many perceiving Sotnikova’s performances to be inferior to those of Kim.

In her three seasons skating on the senior circuit, Sotnikova had never previously won a Grand Prix event, much less medaled at a major international competition such as the World Championships or the Grand Prix Final. She had previously qualified once for the world championships as a senior, finishing ninth in the 2013 Championship, which Kim won. She is the one of two Olympic gold medalists in Ladies Single (the other being Magda Julin in 1920) not to have medaled at a World Championship before or after her Olympic win, though Julin won her gold medal at a time during which the World Chamionships were suspended due to the World War I (between 1915 and 1921).[23][24][25][26] She was awarded the Order of Friendship on 24 February 2014.[27] Sotnikova did not participate in the 2014 World Championships held in Saitama, Japan.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Sotnikova was selected to compete at 2014 Rostelecom Cup and 2014 NHK Trophy[28] but withdrew due to a torn ankle ligament.[29][30] She later withdrew from the 2015 Russian Championships.[31] While doctors had forbidden her to jump in full force,[32] Adelina Sotnikova decided to focus on the choreographic component in appearances with Gleb Savchenko[33] in the 2015 Russian version of Dancing with the Stars.[34]

2015–2016 season[edit]

Sotnikova placed 4th in the individual competition of Japan Open. She appeared at two Challenger Series events, winning the silver medal at the 2015 Mordovian Ornament behind Anna Pogorilaya and placing 6th at the 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb. On the ISU Grand Prix, Sotnikova competed only at 2015 Rostelecom Cup, and won bronze medal behind her teammates Elena Radionova and Evgenia Medvedeva.

On 24–27 December 2015, Sotnikova competed at the 2016 Russian Championships and placed 6th. She was named only as an alternate for the 2016 European Championships.

2016-2017 season[edit]

Sotnikova did not participate in the Grand Prix series and announced in December she would not compete at Russian Nationals, ruling her out of any possibility of competing for Russia at Europeans or World Championships in 2017.

Since April 2017, Sotnikova has been coached by Evgeni Plushenko.

2017-2018 season - Present[edit]

Since April 2017, Sotnikova has been coached by former Olympic mens champion Evgeni Plushenko at his skating academy, Angels of Plushenko in Moscow. [35] Sotnikova did not compete at the 2018 Russian National Championships, thus ruling out any chance of qualifying for the Russian Olympic team to attempt to defend her Olympic title. In 2015, Sotnikova started up a beauty salon called "Studio Be Happy" in Moscow. [36]

Achievements[edit]

  • First Russian woman to win the ladies’ singles event at the Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Sotnikova was born on 1 July 1996 in Moscow.[37] Her father, Dmitry, is a police officer and her mother, Olga, has worked as a homemaker and in merchandising.[9] Her sister, Maria, is two years younger and has Treacher Collins syndrome.[9] Sotnikova credits Maria as the most influential person on her career and sees figure skating as a job to support her sister.[8][38][39] Sotnikova attended a high school where athletes form about half the student body.[21] In 2013, she enrolled in a sports university with a view to becoming a coach.[21][40]

Programs[edit]

17 years old Sotnikova at the 2014 Winter Olympics podium
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2016-17
2015–16
2014–15
[41]
2013–14
[40][41]
2012–13
[42]
2011–12
[43]
2010–11
[44]
2009–10
2008–09
2007–08

Competitive highlights[edit]

Sotnikova with President Vladimir Putin after Olympics, 24 February 2014
International[45]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Olympics 1st
Worlds 9th
Europeans 2nd 2nd
GP Final 5th
GP Bompard 2nd
GP Cup of China 3rd 2nd
GP NHK Trophy WD
GP Rostelecom 3rd 5th WD 3rd
GP Skate America 3rd
CS Golden Spin 1st 6th
CS Mordovian 2nd
Nebelhorn 2nd
International: Junior[45]
Junior Worlds 1st 3rd
Youth Olympics 2nd
JGP Final 1st
JGP Austria 1st
JGP U.K 1st
NRW Trophy 6th
National[45]
Russian Champ. 1st 4th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 6th
Russian Junior 10th 1st 6th
Team events
World Team
Trophy
5th T
4th P
4th T
4th P
Japan Open 3rd T
4th P
3rd T
4th P
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

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

Senior level[edit]

Sotnikova performing her gala at the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard
Sotnikova at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
24–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships 6
69.47
7
128.51
6
197.98
2–5 December 2015 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb 7
54.43
6
105.37
6
159.80
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 4
65.48
3
119.63
3
185.11
15–18 October 2015 2015 Mordovian Ornament 1
75.57
2
128.32
2
203.89
3 October 2015 2015 Japan Open 4
118.81
3T
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
27–31 October 2014 2014–15 Russian Cup – 3rd stage[46]
domestic competition
1
66.63
1
129.68
1
196.31
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19–20 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 2
74.64
1
149.95
1
224.59
15–19 January 2014 2014 European Championships 1
70.73
2
131.63
2
202.36
24–26 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships 1
72.53
2
140.24
1
212.77
5–8 December 2013 2013–14 Grand Prix Final 2
68.38
6
104.92
5
173.30
15–17 November 2013 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard 3
60.01
1
129.80
2
189.81
1–2 November 2013 2013 Cup of China 1
66.03
3
108.67
2
174.70
5–7 October 2013 2013 Japan Open 4
105.95
3T
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
11–14 April 2013 2013 World Team Trophy 1
67.13
6
115.97
4T/4P
183.10
13–17 March 2013 2013 World Championships 8
59.62
9
116.36
9
175.98
23–27 January 2013 2013 European Championships 1
67.61
3
126.38
2
193.99
25–28 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships 2
66.99
3
123.76
3
190.75
9–11 November 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup 5
57.11
7
100.87
5
157.98
19–21 October 2012 2012 Skate America 2
58.93
3
110.03
3
168.96
27–29 September 2012 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy 1
58.48
2
109.75
2
168.23
2011–12 season
Date Event SP FS Total
18–22 April 2012 2012 World Team Trophy 6
56.12
4
113.57
5T/4P
169.69
25–29 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships 1
68.65
2
125.06
1
193.71
8–12 December 2011 2011 Golden Spin of Zagreb 2
51.83
1
110.64
1
162.47
25–27 November 2011 2011 Cup of Russia 3
57.79
3
111.96
3
169.75
3–6 November 2011 2011 Cup of China 3
53.74
3
106.21
3
159.95

Junior level[edit]

Sotnikova at the 2010–11 JGP Final
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
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
2010–11 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 England 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
2009–10 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
59.77
4
112.92
4
172.69
2008–09 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
2007–08 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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