After a lot of digging I found the name of that little girl in the video Polina Maslennikova. All I could find on Youtube is 1 video when she must have been only like 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J-Ue8M8kzo
I love the Russian girls! They're all so gritty, determined, talented and competitive. It's insane how much talent the country is boasting right now. They're all so good already and what's more shocking/terrifying is that they all have room to improve and get even better. What's even more shocking than that? There is a seemingly endless stream of talented up-and-comers.
I will be shocked beyond belief if there isn't at least one Russian on every international podium next season...
In addition to all of the negativity that will stem from her not coming back, for her legacy's sake, I think she needs to win a couple of GP events, as well as Euros and a world title to really cement her in the history books and so people can't look back at her Olympic gold and call it a fluke.
I really hope Adelina has gained a lot of confidence from what she did in Sochi. Those performances under that kind of pressure should really boost her confidence through the roof. If she can perform that well at the single biggest event in the sport, she can handle anything. She improved her consistency last year so hopefully that will continue to grow next year.
I've been a fan of Adelina since her junior days and she's grown into a really amazing young lady. I think the sky is the limit for her as long as she keeps working and improving. I'm glad that there is so much talent in Russia b/c that alone will force her to keep working and improving.
All of those girls push each other...that's why Russia's field is so deep and talented. The competition within their country is tougher than international competition which is why so many Russians are on the podiums at these international events. They're battle tested before they even make it to the GP which helps them to gain success so quickly once they do make it to the senior level. Four Russians made it to the GPF this year...and two of them were fresh off of the JGP newbies!
I see the Russians thoroughly dominating this next quad of skating.
I like that paragraph from Pogorilaya's interview:
"This year I was a little wrong with my priorities. Thought like - there was the final Grand Prix, fine start, and then Russian championships ahead - well, what can happen there? And then - bang! So, much came over at one point! Frankly, I was too relaxed, didn't prepare properly. And then all these little girls, they are catching up with us, do not give room for error.
My favorites are Radionova and Sotskova. But I really like Sotnikova too. I agree with kwanatic,I see the Russians thoroughly dominating this next quad of skating.
While Yuna, Mao and Caro are retiring one would think the door is open for Ade to make it to the top of her sport for a couple years. But Yulia and the other Russian girls are thinking the same thing that it's open at the top and why not them?