Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova was born July 1, 1996 in Moscow. On the junior level, Adelina is the 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 JGP Final champion, and 2012 Youth Olympics silver medalist, four-time champion of Russia (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014). Master of Sports of Russia of International Class. Adelina began skating at age 4 at the rink “Southern” in Moscow, near her home. When she was seven years old, she moved to CSKA. In 2004 Adelina Sotnikova began to work with a girl coach Elena Buianova (Vodorezova). In 2013 Adelina Sotnikova was included in the national team to participate in 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Adelina Sotnikova and Russian president Vladimir Putin

Adelina Sotnikova and Russian president Vladimir Putin

In 2008 Adelina Sotnikova won the championship of Russia, thus repeating the achievement of her mentor Elena Vodorezova, who became the champion of the USSR at the age of 12 (1976). However, in those days there were no age restrictions, and Vodorezova participated after winning the European Championship. Currently, there is an age limit under which skaters can participate in junior competitions from the age of 13, in international competitions with adults at 14 years of age, and in the Olympic Winter Games from 15 years. Thus, Adeline could not participate in the International Skating Union competition until the 2010-2011 season. A month later, in January 2009, she won the Russian championship among juniors.

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

The following season, followed by a decline, Adelina took 4th place in the championship of Russia and only 6th in the Junior championship of Russia.

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Her first international tournament – junior Grand Prix in Austria 2010-2011 Adelina won, leading in both programs, and performing complex cascade of arbitrary triple lutz – triple loop and all three rotations of highest level 4. At the end of December 2010 Sotnikova won gold at the national championship for the second time, and in February 2011 won her debut at World Junior Championships, beating another Russian figure skater – Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

In accordance with the rules of the ISU Adelina can participate in the “adult” world and European championships in 2013. In December 2011 Adelina won the first “adult” International Tournament – Golden Seahorse inZagreb, and later won her third national title.

Adelina Sotnikova – Russian figure skating star

Adelina Sotnikova – Russian figure skating star

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva at the European Championships

Adelina Sotnikova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva at the European Championships

Alena Leonova, Mao Asada and Adelina Sotnikova, 2011

Alena Leonova, Mao Asada and Adelina Sotnikova, 2011

Championship of Russia, 2012

Championship of Russia, 2012

Ladies awarding (Rostelecom Cup 2011)

Ladies awarding (Rostelecom Cup 2011)

Rostelecom Cup 2012, November 2012

Rostelecom Cup 2012, November 2012

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova. Photo by Artem Belozersky

Adelina Sotnikova has become the first Olympic champion in womens' individual competition in the history of Soviet and Russian figure skating

Adelina Sotnikova has become the first Olympic champion in womens’ individual competition in the history of Soviet and Russian figure skating

Russia's gold - Sotnikova and Lipnitskaia

Russia’s gold – Sotnikova and Lipnitskaia

Vladimir Putin and Adelina Sotnikova at the Winter Olympics, 2014

Vladimir Putin and Adelina Sotnikova at the Winter Olympics, 2014

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