March 2. / TASS /. The first Olympic champion in women's single skating in the history of Russia and the USSR Adeline Sotnikova announced the completion of her career, on air on the television show "The fate of a person with Boris Korchevnikov" on Rossiya-1 on Monday.
Last time Sotnikova participated in the competition in 2015-16 season.
"Officially, I want to say one thing - I'm done with professional sport, that's for sure, because at the moment I want to be healthy, happy," Sotnikova said. "It's sad and hard for me to say this. I will continue to make my fans happy, but not on the professional level. I do miss it insanely, when I watch competitions, my heart breaks because I want to, but, unfortunately, my health doesn’t allow me to. I want to say thank you to everyone for their support, for my love for me, this is really my big family, my figure skating story is not over, but professional sport is over."
Sotnikova studied at the Moscow CSKA School from 2004 to 2017 under the guidance of coach Elena Buyanova, in the 2007/08 season she made her debut at the Russian Championship among the Juniors, taking 10th place. A year later, she won the tournament. In addition, in 2008, at the age of 12, she took part in the first adult championship of Russia for herself, which was held in Kazan. At that tournament, she won a gold medal, becoming only the second figure skater in the history of the national championships of Russia and the USSR, who managed to win the tournament at the age of 12. The first was her coach Buyanova, who reached these heights in 1975/76.
Due to age restrictions, she was not included in the national team for the main starts of the season. She took part for the first time in international junior competitions in the 2009/10 season, winning two stages of the Grand Prix and in the series finale, as well as at the World Junior Championships. In addition, she again won the gold of the adult championship of Russia. The following season, she made her debut in the adult Grand Prix series (two Third places in the stages did not allow her to qualify for the final), became third in the junior world championships and second in the Winter Youth Games, adding to this a third gold medal of the national championship.