Adelina Sotnikova — the winner of the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi , golden medalist amongst ladies in figure skating (singles). She is the only person with such achievement in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union.
Adelina was born in Moscow on 1st July, 1996. She started skating at the age of four on the rink ‘Uzhniy’near her home. Adelina’s first coach was Anna Patrikeeva.
At the age of seven she had enrolled in the CSKA school in Moscow, where she was training with Irina Goncharenko during the following year. In 2004, Elena Buyanova (Vodorezova), Tatiana Tarasova, and choreographer Elena Tagaeva became Adelina’s coaches.
Adelina had first appeared in Russian Nationals in 2007/2008, where she became the tenth among juniors. After only a year, she came to the top. However, the following season was not so successful. Adelina got the fourth place in the Championship of Russia and the sixth in the Russian Nationals. In spite of such unsatisfactory outcome, young athlete did not surrender. She was working hard and made her program more complicated. As a result, Adelina succeeded in the Russian and the World Championships. By winning the Russian Championship, Sotnikova accomplished the result of her coach Elena Vodorezova, who became the champion of the USSR being 12 years old (in 1976).
After that Adelina participated in the junior Russian Championships. Finishing with a decisive victory, she had promised Vladimir Putin to win the Olympics, and after 5 years Sotnikova had her promise done.
Next season was followed by a new decline: Adelina found herself on the fourth place in the Russian Championships and only on the sixth in the junior Russian Championships.
Nevertheless, Sotnikova witnessed a first peak of her career in season 2010/2011, when she became the champion of the Grand Prix Championship in Austria. Adelina finished, having a difference of more than 10 points with the 2-nd champion — American figure-skater Christina Gao. Sotnikova won Junior Grand Prix Final, being a leader in both programs. In December 2010 she had got the gold medal again in the Russian Championships, and performed with the winning debut in February 2011 in World Junior Championships beating other Russian figure-skater — Elizabeth Tuktamysheva.(In terms of rules of the ISU Adeline could participate in the senior World and European Championships since 2013, though she also had the right to take part in the Grand Prix of the season 2011-2012) – разнится с инфой в Вики и не очень ясно, зачем нужно. Adelina had been announced for the Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup in 2011, collected two bronze medals there and became the first alternate for the Grand Prix Final. In December 2011 Sotnikova had won the first senior International Tournament — Golden Pipit Zagreb, and then got her third national champion’s title. In 2012, Sotnikova had been in the national Russian team participating in the I Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, where she took a silver medal. On 14th February, 2012 Adelina received the title of «World-class Master of Sports of Russia». Debuting in the European Championship in 2013, she got the 2nd place with 193.99 points in total, giving a passonly to the current world champion Carolina Kostner, who scored 194.71 points. Sotnikova’s silver medal was the first one of European Championships for the Russian skating (women) since 2006. At the European Championships in 2014 Sotnikova became the silver medalist again, letting her compatriot, Julia Lipnitskaya to take the 1st place. In 2013 Adelinahad graduated from high school as an external student and enrolled in the Russian State University of Sport and Physical Culture (RGUFK) (future profession – figure-skating coach).
Olympic Games, Sochi 2014
During the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi, Adeline did not join the team tournament, but her short program called ‘Carmen’ was the second best on the main tournament after Kim Yu-na’s programme which prevailed slightly with the difference of 0,28 points. However, Sotnikova’s long program provided her with a victory. Her total score was 224.59. Sotnikova performed a technically complicated program called «Rondo Capriccioso». She received the highest scores for the rotation of the fourth level of complexity and the advantage of the combination of double jumps. Adeline’s main competitor from Korea received fewer points for identical jumps made in a simpler manner. For instance, Sotnikova’s triple flip with the basic cost of 5.30 was evaluated as 6.80, while Kim Yu-na got 6.50. Adam Leib, the coach and technician specialist of Figure Skating Federation of the United States, considers Sotnikova’s victory as the result of including more complex elements into the program. Russian coach Alexei Mishin believes that dance and decorating elements convey the «style and spirit» were performed better by Sotnikova. The Korean side had been protesting against judges’ decisions, but international organizations confirmed that Sotnikova’s gold was accomplished, putting all the rules first.
On February 24, 2014 Adelina Sotnikova was awarded with the Order of Friendship for her great contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high sport achievements at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.