Lafuente in 2009
|Full name||Sonia Lafuente Martínez|
7 December 1991 |
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Coach||Ghisland Briand, Tracy Wilson|
|Former coach||Brian Orser, Ivan Saez, Carolina Sanz, Jordi Lafarga|
|Choreographer||David Wilson, Jeffrey Buttle|
|Former choreographer||Romain Haguenauer, Ivan Saez|
|Skating club||Sad Majadahonda|
|Former skating club||Club Hielo Igloo Madrid|
|Former training locations||Madrid, Canillo, Lyon|
|ISU personal best scores|
Sonia Lafuente Martínez (born 7 December 1991) is a Spanish figure skater. She is a three-time Spanish national champion. Lafuente became the first Spanish skater to medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit when she won silver at the 2006 Mexico Cup.
Lafuente began skating at age four, after her parents took her and her sister to a newly opened rink in Madrid. Carolina Sanz and Ivan Saez were her coaches for much of her career. In the 2003–04 season, Lafuente made her international debut as a novice, and finished with the bronze medal at the Merano Cup, an event she would win one year later. She began competing in junior internationals in 2005-06.
In 2008, Lafuente made her debut at the European Championships. She was 30th at her first Senior Worlds. The next season, she finished 23rd at Europeans and 26th at Worlds, which did not qualify her for the 2010 Winter Olympics. However, she was able to qualify for the Olympics with an 8th-place finish at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, and finished 22nd in Vancouver. The next season, she received her first Grand Prix assignments, and finished 10th and 7th, respectively, at the 2010 Skate Canada International and the 2010 Trophee Eric Bompard. She was 12th at the European Championships but did not qualify for the free skate at Worlds.
The 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy was the last opportunity to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lafuente was unable to win one of the six available ladies' berths, finishing 26th. In October 2013, she decided to move to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to train in Brian Orser's group. In 2014, she began working with Ghisland Briand and Tracy Wilson as her coaches.
After the 2016 European Championships, in which she finished 33th, Sonia decided to retired of competition for a year.
Lafuente is a university student, studying sports. She intends to spread her studies over several years in order to accommodate her career.
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
|GP Skate Canada||10th|
|CS Autumn Classic||7th|
|CS Golden Spin||10th||12th|
|(non-CS) Golden Spin||1st||5th|
|(non-CS) Autumn Classic||9th|
|Cup of Nice||4th J.||5th||WD|
|Merano Cup||1st J.||6th|
|JGP S. Africa||6th|
|Spanish Champ.||1st||1st J.||1st J.||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st||3rd|
|WD = Withdrew
GP = Grand Prix; CS = Challenger Series; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level
|Merano Cup||3rd N.||1st N.|
|Copenhagen Trophy||6th N.|
|Spanish Champ.||1st N.||1st N.|
|Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior|
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- "Sonia Lafuente entrenará con Brian Orser" [Sonia Lafuente will train with Brian Orser]. Hielo Español (in Spanish). 9 October 2013. Archived from the original on 5 December 2013.
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