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Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova (Russian: Адели́на Дми́триевна Со́тникова [ɐdʲɪˈlʲinə ˈsotʲnʲɪkəvə]; born 1 July 1996) is a Russian figure skater. 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). On the junior level, she is the 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 JGP Final champion, and 2012 Youth Olympics silver medalist. She is the first and only Russian to win the Olympic gold medal in ladies’ singles figure skating.

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Career

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.

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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. One month later she also won the 2009 Russian Junior Championships.

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.

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia competes in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia competes in the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia competes in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia competes in the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Russia's Adelina Sotnikova reacts after performing in the Women's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova reacts after performing in the Women’s Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova performs in the Women's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV

Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova performs in the Women’s Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV

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Feb 20, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) reacts after her performance in the ladies free skate program during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 20, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) reacts after her performance in the ladies free skate program during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 20, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Ashley Wagner of the USA performs in the ladies free skate program during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 20, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Ashley Wagner of the USA performs in the ladies free skate program during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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