Sotnikova on the cover of Yes Magazine http://yes.com.ru/news/new_number/no...1_yanvar_2014/
Incidentally, there is a paragraph about Ekaterina Bobrova a few pages before Adelina's interview:
It's great to see Russia's Wintersports athletes being featured in mainstream magazines. It would never happen over here!
It's just a pity I can't read Russian!!!
(A few characters in Cyrillic, maybe. A full sentence, nope!)
Sotnikova jumping in public outdoor ice with people: http://vk.com/figureskating_teamruss...ideos-24972370
she really loves her flips does she
also spinning around full of people is dangerous
Sotnikova and Kovtun after Nationals for 2014 ISU greetings
So thrilled for Adelina! To put together those two skates under that kind of pressure was amazing! Wow! All the top contenders and medalists were so beautiful and what a great competition for ladies to all perform so well. My neighbor that only watches skating every four years, watched with me this morning in the US and was very much enjoyed her performance too.
I went back and watched her skate again and enjoyed it even more the second time. I'm loving the clips and magazine stuff too. Thank you PPs.
I used to be a skater as a child but I drifted away from it a little bit as I grown up. I've only mostly watched the major championships the past few years, and the GP this year. So I was not overly familiar with her skating until recently. I enjoyed her at the Europeans and was looking forward to watching her efforts in the Olympics here and boy did she shock and impress!
So happy for this girl. She made me a fan with her fire and courage and plain great skating. Well deserved and congrats on your victory, Adelina!
She was so happy, no matter what people say, deserved or undeserved, Adelina should just enjoy her moment! She is the one with the Gold Medal and no one can take that away from her.
The Yuna bots are a disgrace
they aren even stalking Adelina on instagram
such miserable souls
Always liked her programs and music even though I thought she made too many mistakes in a difficult program and we all fret about why she kept trying for that 3F-3 when she always fell, shades of Mao and her 3A ...but she stunned me in Sochi, what a skate! Well done, enjoy your moment, thank you for a great skate, congrats!
I loved watching her..but i couldnt help but notice how her briefs were riding up so high and tight in her butt crack almost totally exposing her behind cheeks. Did she wear them like that on purpose. The same thing for Julia Lipnitskaia ...in the short program her briefs were all the way up in her buttocks almost like a thong. They are too young to be showing off like that
This whole post Olympic figure skating alleged controversy has blown me away with it's hysteria and vicousness aimed at a great girl. It is the most horrendous hate I have ever seen aimed at an athlete. The comments aimed at Adelina Sotnikova about karma, wishing her ill will, cursing at her and death threats (I haven't seen those but I have seen other posters mention them) and just general hate aimed Sotnikova's way even on her Instagram page. It is pathetic and quite sick to have that kind of hate in your heart for an athlete that gave the performance of her lifetime and lifted a beleagured nation of 140 million plus people for a special moment. Queen Kim would be disgusted by such hate filled commnets aimed at Adelina.
I'm curious, why do so many figure skating experts and fans fail to mention that the top 2 scores and the lowest 2 scores are deleted? So if the Russian and say Ukranian judges voted say 150 plus for Adelina those scores are deleted just like the lowest 2 scores for say Yuna Kim are cancelled as well That matters. This is the scoring system they just had to have after the 2002 scandal and Sotnikova took full advantage of this system adding up points with her more difficult program to upset Queen Kim and the valiant Carolina Kostner. The thing is there is no scandal here. Let's face it Adelina was coming on after a good grand prix season, a great gold medal performance at nationals, a fine silver at Europeans and a super short program in Sochi. Her level was rising and she was on the way up and that continued in the long program. Why do people act like Adelina is some kind of scrub or mediocre figure skater? She won Russian nationals whenh she was 12! Unbelievanle. Yes she's been up and down in her career and her new up is way up there but I I hope she is considered the most complete women's figure skater in the world in the future. She is not the most talented but once her artistry and style improves it will nicely complent her already elite technical and athletic skills. This is the scoring sytem. Deal with it or have it changed again to favor the artistry and grace of skaters rather than favoring the athleticism and more difficult point gathering programs like Adelina's. I expect Adelina to continue her career and continue to improve and not run and hide the way Lipinski and Hughes did after their gold medals.
By the way Sotnikova's upset of Kim was historical but Adelina's points added up to a gold medal the way Lysacek's points added up to gold in Vancouver against Plushenko arguably the greatest figure skater of all time. That is the system like it or not. And most don't like it these days.
Were Adelina's scores slightly inflated by the energy she brought, passion she showed and excellence of execution during her 2 programs due to the loud home crowd? I think so just the way Sarah Hughes scores were lifted in Salt Lake City in 2002 because of huge home crowd support and her reaching her highest level ever. Something similar happened to Sotnikova in Sochi as with Hughes in SLC.
While Adelina's free skate for the gold wasn't as flawless as Kim and Kostner's were she clearly as NBC pointed out before her free skate was skating a more technically difficult program than Kim and Kostner did. and she was scored that way because she skated very well and brought the house down. Well done to Adelina and her team for organizing this 17 year old girl with a program to rack up points with more triple jumps and combos than most of her top competitors. It really paid off.
By the way Kim, Sotnikovs and Kostner were in a virtual tie after the short program and Kostner skated a flawless free skate and she did it in her beautiful and artistic style with 7 triples like Sotnikova so where are the petitions and anger from her fans and from Italy? I wouldld't have acted so bitter and nasty if the gold went to Kim or Kostner. But like other times the Olympic gold medal went to more of an upstart rather than the established superstar. Nothing new here.
I can only surmise that the same judges who placed Sotnikova ahead of Kim are the same judges or some of the same judges who always voted Kim for gold or at least put her on the podium. There is no doubt that Kim is great. Se may be the greatest women's figure skater of all time. But the scoring sytem worked against her this time.
One thing is for sure this was a very close competition where the scoring system went to the advantage of the Russian as NBC said it would. It did. I am sure Yuna would be sick at the vile hate filled comments aimed at Sotknikova by some of her fans and compatriots as would many of the sports leaders of South Korea. If there was an investigation into the scoring they will fin that Adelina's 2 highest scores were deleted and Kim's 2 lowest scores were deleted. That matters.
Adelina welcome home party at CSKA (her rink) where they place her name "Adelina" across a part of the ice http://tvzvezda.ru/news/sport/conten...51723-7e4r.htm
2nd video includes short interview with mama Sotnikova http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj_sLYwN0Eo#t=146
Interview with Sotnikova and her coach (5 parts). She sure looks pretty in green and with her hair curled!!! http://www.sovsport.md/video/gallery...14966?p=314621
Late night talk show interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq9qorHftRg
Russian song dedicated to Adelina (she's cracking up!!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmR2DR6qc1c
NBC: Getting to know Sotnikova http://www.nbcolympics.com/photos/ge...golden-moments
Olympic SP on NBC http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/ade...-short-program
Olympic LP on NBC http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/ade...lympic-journey
NBC: For Sotnikova, It's a Night to Remember http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/sot...night-remember
Medal Ceremony NBC http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/med...figure-skating
NBC article, 2nd video is her awaiting Yu-Na's scores and running down the hallway to huge her coach and others including Kostner . 1st video she tries to speak a couple of English sentences!!! http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/adel...sy-future-wins
Sotnikova and her Mercedes
Sotnikova and Putin