Adelina Sotnikova
Russian figure skater
Adelina Sotnikova
Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, 2012 Youth Olympics silver medalist, and a three-time Russian National champion.
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South Korea to file complaint over judging in Kim defeat
Chicago Times - almost 3 years
Women's figure skate judging result "unreasonable and unfair," Koreans say A month after the much-debated victory by Russia's Adelina Sotnikova over South Korea's Yuna Kim in the women's figure skating final at the Sochi Olympics, the Korean Olympic Committee and Korean Skating Union will file a formal complaint about the judging of the women's event to the International Skating Union's disciplinary committee.
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Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia wins women's event at Euros
USA Today - about 3 years
Fellow Russian Adelina Sotnikova finished second.
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Golden Chan, Wagner light up Paris GP
Yahoo News - over 3 years
World champion Patrick Chan gave a performance which he believes can win him gold at the Sochi Olympics as American Ashley Wagner successfully defended her women's title at the Trophee Bompard figure skating Grand Prix in Paris on Saturday. Chan won a fourth Paris gold in spectacular style as fellow Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed their third in ice dancing on the last day of competition at the fifth of the six-round ISU Grand Prix series. Wagner, 22, held off Russian teenagers Adelina Sotnikova and Anna Pogorilaya, who claimed silver and bronze respectively, to stay top of the podium. The 22-year-old outshone Japanese rival Yuzuru Hanyu as he followed his record in Friday's short programme with a new world best in both the free skate, 196.75 points, and overall total score, 295.27.
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Erstmals dürfen die Besten dreimal ran - Freie Presse
Google News - over 5 years
Ihr Debüt bei den Erwachsenen geben die Junioren-Weltmeister Adelina Sotnikova, Andrei Rogozine und Ksenia Monko/ Kirill Khaliavin (alle Russland). Die Grand-Prix-Serie ist erster Leistungsvergleich vor den eigentlichen Höhepunkten der Saison: die EM
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Pattinaggio: Chi Ci Sarà E Chi No Nella Stagione 2011 - 2012 - Paid To Write
Google News - over 5 years
Novità in campo femminile, dove si affacceranno alle competizioni due giovanissime atlete russe al loro esordio nel Grand Prix: Elizaveta Tuktamisheva (che parteciperà a Skate Canada ed al Trophée Bombard) e Adelina Sotnikova (competizioni di Shanghai
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U.S. takes two medals at World Figure Skating Championships -
Google News - almost 6 years
Adelina Sotnikova, who has already won two Russian titles at the age of 14, was too young to compete at Worlds. Eight of the 12 medalists at the championships had made appearances on the World podium before. Canada's Patrick Chan took the past two
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FIGURE SKATING; Russia Tries to Rebuild a Figure Skating Dynasty
NYTimes - almost 6 years
MOSCOW -- The world figure skating championships have returned to Russia on short notice, and the Megasport Arena in Moscow is draped with banners honoring Russia's finest. ''Yagudin Forever,'' reads one poster dedicated to Aleksei Yagudin, the Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion. ''May Your Dreams Come True,'' reads another
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adelina Sotnikova
  • 2016
    Age 19
    She was named only as an alternate for the 2016 European Championships.
    More Details Hide Details For the 3rd straight season Sotnikova was not assigned to any events for the 2016-2017 Grand Prix season. She has stated she hopes to compete at the 2017 Russian Figure Skating Championships. While remaining an active competitor she has kept a very low profile since her Olympic Gold, competing exclusively in Russia since the 2014 European Figure Skating Championships, and with the depth of Russian women and her appearing more frequently in shows than competitions, there is a question to how much longer she will continue. Sotnikova was born on 1 July 1996 in Moscow. Her father, Dmitry, is a police officer and her mother, Olga, has worked as a homemaker and in merchandising. Her sister, Maria, is two years younger and has Treacher Collins syndrome. Sotnikova credits Maria as the most influential person on her career and sees figure skating as a job to support her sister. Sotnikova attended a high school where athletes form about half the student body. In 2013, she enrolled in a sports university with a view to becoming a coach.
  • 2015
    Age 18
    On 24–27 December 2015, Sotnikova competed at the 2016 Russian Championships and placed 6th.
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    On the ISU Grand Prix, Sotnikova competed only at 2015 Rostelecom Cup, and won bronze medal behind her teammates Elena Radionova and Evgenia Medvedeva.
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    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.
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    While doctors had forbidden her to jump in full force, Adelina Sotnikova decided to focus on the choreographic component in appearances with Gleb Savchenko in the 2015 Russian version of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details Sotnikova placed 4th in the individual competition of Japan Open.
    She later withdrew from the 2015 Russian Championships.
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  • 2014
    Age 17
    She was awarded the Order of Friendship on 24 February 2014. Sotnikova was selected to compete at 2014 Rostelecom Cup and 2014 NHK Trophy but withdrew due to a torn ankle ligament.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Sotnikova won the gold medal in the ladies' individual event with an overall score of 224.59 points. Sotnikova was behind Kim Yuna by .28 point after the short program, but overtook her by winning the free skate. This event led to a controversy on the scoring and judging. Most fans and experts at the time believed Adelina merited only a bronze medal behind silver and bronze medalists Yu Na Kim and Carolina Kostner, and given the events location, the shockingly wide margin of victory, the longtime controversial Alla Shekhovtseva on the events panel, and Russia's long history of involvement in judging irregularities in the sport, charged possible nationalistic and political bias behind the scores and results. Furthermore most were perplexed and outspoken against her long program being scored significantly higher than Mao Asada's historic 8 triple performance (albeit done from a very early flight after Mao's disaesterous short program performance).
    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).
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  • 2013
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Her first 2013–14 Grand Prix assignment was Cup of China.
    More Details Hide Details She placed first in the short and third in the free skate, winning the silver medal ahead of Carolina Kostner.
    Sotnikova started her season competing with Team Europe at the 2013 Japan Open.
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    Appearing in her second team event, she placed fourth in ladies at the 2013 World Team Trophy.
    More Details Hide Details Team Russia finished 4th overall.
    At the 2013 European Championships, she placed first in the short program, third in the long program, and won the silver medal overall, .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. Unfortunately Tuktamysheva and Sotnikova were not able to build on this success at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, where having been expected to place highly enough to qualify Russia 3 spots at the 2014 Olympic Games, they finished 9th (Sotnikova) and 10th (Tuktamysheva) respectively, well missing the mark needed to qualify 3 Russian women into the 2014 Olympic Games (a combined placement of 13 was needed).
    More Details Hide Details This was considered a major dissapointment within the skating community and Russian ranks as Russia had numerous budding young stars- Sotnikova, Tuktamysheva, Julia Lipnitskaya, Anna Pogorilaya, as well as the veteran Alena Leonova, the 2012 World silver medalist, all bidding for spots on the 2014 Russian Olympic Team. After Europeans, Sotnikova performed in Art on Ice in Switzerland. She finished 9th in her World Championships debut.
    At the 2013 Russian Championships, she won the bronze medal behind Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.
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  • 2012
    Age 15
    At her next event, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup, Sotnikova finished 5th.
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    Her first GP event of the season was the 2012 Skate America.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Sotnikova started her season with a silver medal at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.
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    Sotnikova was named in the Russian team for 2012 ISU World Team Trophy.
    More Details Hide Details She finished 4th overall and posted a season's best in her free skate of 113.57 points.
    At the 2012 World Junior Championships, she won the bronze medal behind teammate Yulia Lipnitskaya and U.S. skater Gracie Gold.
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    She then competed at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and won the silver medal.
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    At the 2012 Russian Championships, she placed first in the short program and second in the long program, to win her third national title.
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  • 2011
    Age 14
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She won the bronze medal at Cup of China 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.
    She was assigned to two Grand Prix events, the 2011 Cup of China and 2011 Rostelecom Cup.
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    At the 2011 Russian Championships, she placed second in the short program and first in the long, to win her second national title. She was assigned to the World Junior Championships where she won the gold medal ahead of teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. 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.
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    On the junior level, she is the 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 JGP Final champion, and 2012 Youth Olympics silver medalist.
    More Details Hide Details She is the first Russian to win the Olympic gold medal in ladies' singles figure skating. Adelina Sotnikova began skating at the age of four at the Yuzhny ice rink near her home in Moscow. Taught by Anna Patrikeeva until the age of seven, she then began training at CSKA which is further away from her home. She began working with coach Elena Buianova (Vodorezova) a year later.
  • 2010
    Age 13
    She won gold medals in Austria and the U.K. and qualified for the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final where she won the title.
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    Sotnikova made her junior Grand Prix debut during the 2010–2011 season.
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  • 2009
    Age 12
    One month later she also won the 2009 Russian Junior Championships.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Sotnikova's mother told her that she was born a month prematurely anyway. She struggled with a growth spurt and dropped to fourth at Russian senior nationals and sixth in the junior event.
  • 2008
    Age 11
    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.
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  • 1996
    Born on July 1, 1996.
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