Maria Sotskova

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Maria Sotskova
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Personal information
Native nameМария Романовна Сотскова (Russian)
Full nameMaria Romanovna Sotskova
Country representedRussia Russia
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (Russia not recognised in 2018 Olympics Winter Games[1])
Born (2000-04-12) 12 April 2000 (age 18)
Reutov, Russia
Home townReutov, Russia
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
CoachElena Buianova
Former coachSvetlana Panova
ChoreographerIrina Tagaeva, Peter Tchernyshev
Former choreographerNikita Mikhailov, Ilona Protasenia, Vera Arutyunyan, Nadia Kanaeva
Skating clubCSKA Moscow
Former skating clubSnow Leopards SC
Training locationsMoscow, Novogorsk
Began skating2003
World standing4 (2017–18)
12 (2016–17)
23 (2015–16)
37 (2014–15)
90 (2013–14)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total216.28
2017–18 Grand Prix Final
Short program74.00
2017–18 Grand Prix Final
Free skate142.28
2017–18 Grand Prix Final

Maria Romanovna Sotskova (pron. SOT-skoh-vah; Russian: Мария Романовна Сотскова; born 12 April 2000) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2017 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, a winner of three ISU Challenger Series events, and a two-time Russian national medalist (silver in 2018, bronze in 2017). She represented OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Earlier in her career, she won gold at the 2013 Junior Grand Prix Final, silver at the 2016 Youth Olympics, and silver at the 2016 World Junior Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Maria Romanovna Sotskova was born on 12 April 2000 in Reutov, Moscow Oblast, Russia.[2] As a young child, she was engaged in both skating and rhythmic gymnastics but dropped gymnastics after her coach said that she needed to choose.[3]

Sotskova plans to work in choreography and will begin an undergraduate degree at the Russian University of Theatre Arts - GITIS its the Ballet Masters program, from which graduates become either choreographers or tutors in the field of theatre, variety or sports choreography.

Skating career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Sotskova began skating as a four-year-old, after her mother decided to bring her to an ice rink.[4] Her first coach was Svetlana Panova.[2] She won a bronze medal behind Serafima Sakhanovich at the 2013 Russian Junior Championships.

2013–2014 season: JGP Final champion[edit]

Sotskova made her junior international debut at the 2013 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Riga, Latvia; she won the silver medal behind Evgenia Medvedeva by a margin of 3.03 points. At her next JGP assignment, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, she finished 2nd to Alexandra Proklova by over 15 points. Sotskova's silver medals qualified her for the JGP Final in Fukuoka, Japan, where she defeated teammates Sakhanovich and Medvedeva for the gold. She then took silver behind Sakhanovich at the 2014 Russian Junior Championships and was assigned to the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. She withdrew due to a meniscus injury.[5][6]

2014–2015 season[edit]

During the 2014 JGP series, Sotskova took silver in Tallinn, Estonia, finishing second to Japan's Miyu Nakashio by 0.97, and then won gold in Zagreb, Croatia, by a margin of 1.4 points over Karen Chen of the United States. She finished 4th in Barcelona, Spain at her second JGP Final. Making her senior national debut, she placed 6th at the Russian Championships before winning the junior silver medal. Concluding her season, she placed 5th at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Tallinn.

2015–2016 season: World Junior silver medalist[edit]

In June 2015, Sotskova travelled to Artesia, California to have her programs choreographed, and to work with Rafael Arutyunyan on her jumps.[7] Competing in the 2015 JGP series, she won gold in Riga, Latvia, and Linz, Austria, resulting in qualification to her third JGP Final. Her first senior gold medal came at the Tallinn Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series event in November. In December, at the JGP Final in Barcelona, Sotskova placed fourth in the short and second in the free skate, which brought her the silver medal ahead of Japan's Marin Honda.

At the Russian Championships, she finished fifth on the senior level, in December, and went on to win the junior silver medal, in January. In February, Sotskova represented Russia at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Hamar, Norway, winning the silver medal behind teammate Polina Tsurskaya.[8] In March, she was awarded silver at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, after finishing between Honda and Higuchi. Following the end of the season, she switched from Svetlana Panova to Elena Buianova due to CSKA Moscow's better training conditions.[9]

2016–2017 season: Grand Prix debut[edit]

Sotskova began her season at the 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial; she placed second in the short and first in the free skate to win the gold medal ahead of teammate Yulia Lipnitskaya.[10] Making her Grand Prix debut, she won silver at the 2016 Trophée de France and bronze at the 2016 NHK Trophy, earning qualification to the Grand Prix Final in Marseille. In December, she finished 5th in France and then received the bronze medal at the Russian Championships, having ranked second in the short and third in the free skate.

2017–2018 season[edit]

After winning silver at the 2017 Skate Canada International and 2017 Internationaux de France, Sotskova qualified to her second Grand Prix Final. In December, she won two more silver medals, at the Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan, and 2018 Russian Championships in Saint Petersburg.

At the 2018 European Championships, held in January in Moscow, Sotskova finished fourth, losing to teammates Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva and Italy's Carolina Kostner. On the next day, she was named to the Russian Olympic team (together with Medvedeva and Zagitova).[11] In February, Sotskova represented OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[12] She was not selected for the team event. Competing in individual ladies' singles, she placed 12th in the short program, 7th in the free skate, and 8th overall. The following month, she ended up with the same final result at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy, after placing 5th in the short and 9th in the free.

2018–2019 season[edit]

In her Grand Prix events, she placed 9th at 2018 NHK Trophy and 7th at 2018 Internationaux de France. In early December she finished 5th at the 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb.

Programs[edit]

Sotskova at the 2016 World Junior Championships podium
Sotskova with her former coach, Svetlana Panova
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019 [13]
2017–2018
[14]
  • Kalinka[15]
    by Ivan Larionov
2016–2017
[9][16][17]
2015–2016
[18][19]
2014–2015
[20]
2013–2014
[21][22][23]
  • Winter
    (from The Four Seasons)
    by Antonio Vivaldi
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia

  • Nuevo Tango
    by Viejos Aires
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia
  • Pina
    by Thomas Hanreich
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia
  • Nuevo Tango
    by Viejos Aires
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia
2012–2013
  • Nuevo Tango
    by Viejos Aires
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia
  • Pina
    by Thomas Hanreich
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia
2011–2012
  • Nuevo Tango
    by Viejos Aires
    choreo. by Ilona Protasenia

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[24]
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 8th
Worlds 8th 8th
Europeans 4th 4th
GP Final 5th 2nd
GP France 2nd 2nd 7th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd 9th
GP Skate Canada 2nd
CS Finlandia 1st WD
CS Golden Spin 5th
CS Ondrej Nepela 1st
CS Tallinn Trophy 1st
International: Junior[24]
Youth Olympics 2nd
Junior Worlds WD 5th 2nd
JGP Final 1st 4th 2nd
JGP Austria 1st
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 2nd
JGP Estonia 2nd
JGP Latvia 2nd 1st
National[25]
Russian Champ. 6th 5th 3rd 2nd TBD
Russian Junior 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Team events
Japan Open 2nd T
6th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
At team events, medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
5–8 December 2018 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 5
60.35
5
119.37
5
179.72
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 5
61.76
7
115.83
7
177.59
9–11 November 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 9
60.75
9
116.24
9
176.99
6 October 2018 2018 Japan Open 6
111.78
6P/2T
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships 5
71.80
9
124.81
8
196.61
14–25 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 12
63.86
7
134.24
8
198.10
15–21 January 2018 2018 European Championships 4
68.70
3
132.11
4
200.81
21–24 December 2017 2018 Russian Championships 2
76.39
2
145.37
2
221.76
7–10 December 2017 2017–18 Grand Prix Final 4
74.00
2
142.28
2
216.28
24–26 November 2017 2017 ISU Shanghai Trophy 3
128.18
3
17–19 November 2017 2017 Internationaux de France 2
67.79
2
140.99
2
208.78
27–29 October 2017 2017 Skate Canada 3
66.10
2
126.42
2
192.52
6–8 October 2017 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy 2
67.69
1
137.61
1
205.30
2016-17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 6
69.76
11
122.44
8
192.20
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 4
72.17
5
120.35
4
192.52
20–26 December 2016 2017 Russian Championships 2
74.39
3
145.51
3
219.90
8–11 December 2016 2016–17 Grand Prix Final 6
65.74
5
133.05
5
198.79
25–27 November 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 2
69.96
3
125.92
3
195.88
11–13 November 2016 2016 Trophée de France 3
68.71
2
131.64
2
200.35
29 September - 1 October 2016 Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2
61.58
1
128.38
1
189.96

Junior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
14–20 March 2016 2016 World Junior Championships Junior 3
64.78
3
123.94
2
188.72
12–21 February 2016 2016 Winter Youth Olympics Junior 8
53.40
2
116.10
2
169.50
19–23 January 2016 2016 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
67.70
2
124.11
2
191.81
24–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships Senior 8
66.14
4
135.18
5
201.32
10–13 December 2015 2015−16 JGP Final Junior 4
62.64
2
121.37
2
184.01
17–22 November 2015 2015 Tallinn Trophy Senior 1
64.82
1
121.48
1
186.30
9–12 September 2015 2015 JGP Austria Junior 2
62.97
1
122.47
1
185.44
27–30 August 2015 2015 JGP Latvia Junior 2
62.73
1
121.72
1
184.45
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–8 March 2015 2015 World Junior Championships Junior 10
53.95
5
115.09
5
169.04
4–7 February 2015 2015 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
65.93
3
120.37
2
186.30
24–27 December 2014 2015 Russian Championships Senior 8
61.66
6
124.40
6
186.06
11–14 December 2014 2014–15 JGP Final Junior 4
62.28
4
113.71
4
175.99
8–11 October 2014 2014 JGP Croatia Junior 2
58.48
1
112.33
1
170.81
24–27 September 2014 2014 JGP Estonia Junior 2
52.06
2
107.61
2
159.67
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
23–25 January 2014 2014 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
64.26
2
127.43
2
191.69
5–6 December 2013 2013–14 JGP Final Junior 1
61.29
1
115.46
1
176.75
3–5 October 2013 2013 JGP Czech Republic Junior 3
57.74
2
107.85
2
165.59
29–30 August 2013 2013 JGP Latvia Junior 1
59.45
2
107.04
2
166.49
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–3 February 2013 2013 Russian Junior Championships Junior 7
58.83
3
122.29
3
181.12
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
24–25 April 2010 Rostelecom Crystal Skate Novice 2
39.80
2
80.88
2
120.68

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Мария Сотскова: в короткой программе у меня Black Magic Woman Карлоса Сантаны, в произвольной – музыка из балета "Ромео и Джульетта" [Maria Sotskova: For short program I have Black Magic Woman by Carlos Santana, for free - music from the ballet "Romeo and Juliet"]. Team Russia 2014 (in Russian). 28 July 2015.
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External links[edit]

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