Russian figure skater Anna Pogorilaya
Anna Pogorilaya was born April 10, 1998 in Moscow. She is bronze medalist of the European Championship in 2015 and 2016, bronze medalist of the Junior World Championship in 2013, bronze medalist of the final Grand Prix Junior 2012. Master of Sports of Russia International Class. As of December 15, 2015 Pogorilaya takes 5th place in the ranking of the International Skating Union. Anna Pogorilaya began doing figure skating at the age of four. In March 2009, she took second place in the Championship of Juniors of Russia. Season of 2009/2010 was entirely missed due to her injury. Since 2012 Anna is a member of the Russian national figure skating team. In December 2012, she was ranked third in the Junior Grand Prix Final in Sochi.
In March 2013, Anna Pogorilaya in tough competition with her friends from the national team, won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Milan. The third time, the girls from Russia at the Junior World Championships took all the podium, after a long break (it was just four times in 1996, 1998, 2013, 2014).
In the fall of 2013, Anna began performing in the adult category. She performed very well in November in Beijing at the Cup of China, left behind the European champion and former world champion Carolina Kostner and vice-European champion Adelina Sotnikova. On stage in France, she was the third, and got to the final of the Grand Prix.
Russian figure skater Anna Pogorilaya
However, in the final in Tokyo she couldn’t cope with the excitement, performed worse, and took the last place. The decline continued further, she also had problems with her back. At the end of the year in the selection of the national team in the Russian championship Anna took eighth place overall and the right to participate in adult championships and Olympic Games.
At the end of February 2014, Anna Pogorilaya won Cup of Russia in Veliky Novgorod. Soon, she was included in the Russian national team at the World Cup. At the World Championships in Japan in the short program, she showed her best result of all time after the short program and closed the top six and thus was among the six best performing in the latter, the strongest of any workout program. In any program in her debut season, she created a furor, received a small bronze medal and beating all rivals in the technical evaluation. As a result, she was a step away from the podium at the World Championships.
The first start of the new season for Anna became Japan Open team tournament in early October, where a team of Europe (the female part of this team were two Russian skaters Elena Radionova and Anna Pogorilaya) took first place.
Anastasia’s sports career
October 31 – November 2, 2014, she successfully performed at the second stage of the Grand Prix of Canada, won first place. Two weeks later, she performed at the home Grand Prix. Homemade ice and strong emotions played tricks on her, the athlete finished second, but reached the final of the Grand Prix. In Barcelona, at the final, she was more successful than last year, but left without a medal.
In the championship of Russia in 2015, she also performed better than in the past two years, however, also remained without a medal. She was invited to the national team and the World Cup in Shanghai. During the preparation she has been seriously injured, but continued to prepare for the start. As a result a terrible fall in the short program and the failure of an arbitrary.
In October 2015, Anna began performing in the new season, it started at 2015 Ondrej Nepela Trophy. She managed to get together and won the arbitrary; but took the second place. Two weeks later, at the international tournament of Mordovia patterns in Saransk, she, in a tough fight with other Russian figure skaters managed to win first place in the tournament, but after the short program she took the second place (thus improved her previous achievements in sport).
At the national championship Anna has acted successfully in the difficult struggle to win a medal for the first time.