33 Facts About Adelina Sotnikova


Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova is a retired Russian figure skater.

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Adelina Sotnikova is the 2014 Olympic champion, a two-time European silver medalist, a two-time Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist, and a four-time Russian national champion.

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Adelina Sotnikova began skating at the age of four at the Yuzhny ice rink near her home in Moscow.

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Adelina Sotnikova began working with coach Elena Buianova a year later.

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Adelina Sotnikova's mother told her that she was born a month prematurely anyway.

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Adelina Sotnikova struggled with a growth spurt and dropped to fourth at Russian senior nationals and sixth in the junior event.

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Adelina Sotnikova won gold medals in Austria and the UK and qualified for the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final where she won the title.

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Adelina Sotnikova was assigned to the World Junior Championships where she won the gold medal ahead of teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.

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Adelina Sotnikova was assigned to two Grand Prix events, the 2011 Cup of China and 2011 Rostelecom Cup.

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Adelina Sotnikova 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.

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Adelina Sotnikova 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.

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Adelina Sotnikova then competed at the 2011 Golden Spin of Zagreb and won the gold medal.

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Adelina Sotnikova then competed at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and won the silver medal.

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Adelina Sotnikova was named to the Russian team for the 2012 ISU World Team Trophy.

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Adelina Sotnikova finished 4th overall and posted a season's best in her free skate of 113.

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Adelina Sotnikova started her season with a silver medal at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.

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Adelina Sotnikova won the bronze medal overall behind Americans Christina Gao and Ashley Wagner.

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Adelina Sotnikova started her season competing with Team Europe at the 2013 Japan Open.

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Adelina Sotnikova placed first in the short and third in the free skate, winning the silver medal ahead of Carolina Kostner.

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At the 2014 Russian Championships, Adelina Sotnikova placed first in the short, second in the free, and won her fourth national title, edging out Yulia Lipnitskaya for the gold.

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Adelina Sotnikova is the second Russian skater to record a score above the 200 mark in ladies' singles.

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Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal in the ladies' individual event with an overall score of 224.

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Adelina Sotnikova was second behind the defending Olympic and the reigning World Champion Kim Yuna by 0.

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Adelina Sotnikova was awarded the Order of Friendship on 24 February 2014.

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Adelina Sotnikova did not participate in the 2014 World Championships held in Saitama, Japan.

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Adelina 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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Adelina Sotnikova placed 4th in the individual competition of Japan Open.

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Adelina Sotnikova 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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Adelina Sotnikova was named only as an alternate for the 2016 European Championships.

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On 1 March 2020, Adelina Sotnikova officially announced her retirement from competitive figure skating.

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Adelina Sotnikova's father, Dmitry, is a police officer and her mother, Olga, has worked as a homemaker and in merchandising.

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Adelina Sotnikova attended a high school where athletes form about half the student body.

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On 18 March 2022, Adelina Sotnikova attended Vladimir Putin's Moscow rally, which celebrated the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation from Ukraine and justified the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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