Adelina Sotnikova – figure skater
Sochi Olympic champion in figure skating Adelina Sotnikova told that she won gold for her younger sister Masha, who is seriously ill. She suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome.
Sotnikova is a Russian figure skater, 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), 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 JGP Final champion, and 2012 Youth Olympics silver medalist.
She is the first Russian to win the Olympic gold medal in ladies’ singles figure skating.
Adelina was born on July 1, 1996 in Moscow. Her mother, Olga was engaged in acrobatics, but after an injury she had to quit the sport. Mother wanted her daughter to be engaged in music, Adelina liked ballet. However, she became a figure skater. Adelina is a girl with a strong character. Her first coach was Anna Patrikeeva.
In her first championship of Russia 2007/2008 Adelina became the tenth among juniors. But in a year she was the first!
2010/2011 became her glory season and Sotnikova became Grand Prix Final champion.
Season 2011/2012 also became effective for the athlete, though not so successful. She made some mistakes at the Grand Prix, but at the World Junior Championships Adelina was able to win bronze.
At the Golden Spin of Zagreb the girl competed with “older” athletes. She went home with a gold medal.
In winter 2012 Sotnikova participated in Junior Olympics, which became the first in her life. The result was brilliant – a silver medal.
In the season 2012/2013, skater who turned 16, got a chance to compete at the International Championships for “adults”.
Sotnikova was selected to represent Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She won the gold medal in the ladies’ individual event.
All her friends are athletes, because it’s easier to understand each other. To feel happy, Adelina need enough sleep, visit to the cinema with a friend and a cake in the cafe.
She is very close with her mother. Her family is a wonderful one. Unfortunately, her younger sister has health problems. She underwent three operations, which required a lot of money. Adelina’s coach Tatiana Tarasova helped a lot, she found the sponsoring company.
“I really want to help my sister and must earn money. This is one of the factors that makes me do sport”, – says the Olympic champion.
Adelina’s favorite subjects at school were algebra and physics: “Figure skating is physics, so it is a very useful science for me”.
Ice skating is the whole life for the athlete. She is going to become a coach.