Sofia Akatieva

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Sofia Akatieva (Russian: Софья Акатьева) is a ladies' single skater who represents Russia. She was born on 7 July 2007, and will be junior eligible in 2020-2021 and senior eligible in 2022-2023. Her coaches are Eteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov, and Oksana Bulycheva.

This girl has incredible results for such a young age and has insane rotation speed.

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Season 2017-2018:
2018 Championship of Russia, Younger Age: 1, 229.68 (with elements)
2018 Championship of Moscow, Younger Age: 1, 202.94 (with elements)

Novice Russian Nationals 2017 (164.26) (9 yo)
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhxFRiJU71Y
FP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJC6hWzFBx4

Novice Cup of Moscow 2017 (172.02) (9 yo)
FP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiPKC7Ig3vo

Cup of Sambo-70 (10 yo)
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POHF5QDELQo
FP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSj1bIO5smc

New Year's Cup 2017
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl7x0q-AoTY
FP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqyYM-gxONY

Sofia's photo
With Alenka
 
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tars

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I remember watching her for the first time on YT in some small Moscow tourney where she fell like 4 times and thinking: "what a talent!". :laugh:
She's falling a lot probably on purpose of fast learning hardest jumps possible. Eteri mentioned, young skaters are less afraid and don't ask many questions, just execute what they are told to do. Despite this approach, Sofia's skating already is very soft and elegant, with nice arms and hands movement. :yes:
 

Spirals for Miles

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She is a talent!! A fully backloaded program with rippons and tanos at age 10? Simply incredible. I don't care if she fell on the second 3T, it was still amazing! She definitely is a fast rotator--it looked like she was doing doubles but they were all triples. She's going to be the next quad phenom, and I am here for it!
 

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True. I was just working it out and realized that she was born in early July. She's going to be heartbroken about that I fear.
 

tars

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Harvesting these 1st places like a good farmer. Congrats! :biggrin::agree:
 

Shayuki

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Looking like a strong candidate to win the unofficial pre-junior championships in a week. The other two girls will need to bring their best to stand a chance.
 

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Shayuki

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I liked this much more than her former FS or especially her SP! It felt a little more involved and she showed a lot more potential artistry-wise here also. She still seems to switch the interpretation almost completely on/off periodically so it's not as fluid but this was much more enjoyable to watch than her FS during the beginning of this season which really barely even is a program. And as such I'm much more confident about her becoming very enjoyable to watch down the road, when she's able to stay "in the zone" for the entire program and not just the parts - The parts themselves were very nice here which is always the most important thing(Consistency in something you have shown you can do is always easier to achieve than learning to be able to do something you haven't shown you can).


edit: Checking the jumps, no jumps were over 6 revolutions per second here but essentially all of them were in the 5.7-5.9 range.
 

Shayuki

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I've had to re-evaluate some things. Now in addition to the jumps, I have Akatieva as the most talented one when it comes to skating skills(Amazing edges) and potentially artistry / interpretation as well. Need to see more of course, but to me her Macavity-FS is more involved in interpretation than anything by Samodelkina and Berestovskaya up to this point and had some moments I was truly impressed by - quite a step up from the last FS that had absolutely nothing. A couple of moments are 0:33 - 0:42(this alone is far better than anything by either Berestovskaya or Samodelkina ever), and several ones during the step sequence - most notably 1:21 - 1:40. Considering she's only 10 years old, the expression especially is fantastic. Still some concerns especially regarding her flexibility, though the spins themselves have also improved quite a bit.


I additionally was comparing her 2A to Rika Kihira's 3A and I would almost expect her to have a 3A by next season assuming that's something she actually aims to get. Rika Kihira's 3A(at the start of the program) air time 17/30 frames, Alexandra Trusova(highest 2A out of all junior skaters according to data) 2A(at about 2:20 to the program) air time 16/30 frames, Sofia Akatieva 2A(at about 2:15 to the program) air time 15/30 frames. That is the same air time that Trusova had for her 3A<< attempt a bit over a year ago. But importantly, I think that Akatieva has the best technique of the three for her axel and if you take a look at it, it appeared as if she put absolutely no effort into the axel. And even for her 2A Akatieva's reached faster rotation speed than either Trusova or especially Kihira ever have, even on Kihira's 3A.

Something that needs to be considered is how good her 3S is. She's actually had it as the very last element of her program after 6 other triples and a 2A, and she still manages these types of stats where she has the fastest rotation speed by 0.95 rps and still among the top when it comes to air time, 4S and 4T are also jumps I expect her to get sooner than later.

For a bit of an interesting comparison here, let's have Trusova's 4S vs Akatieva's 3S and let's compare the effort being put into them:

Trusova 4S
Akatieva 3S

Trusova of course has to have the "bounce" momentum by first going low and then launching up, and she also has very heavy swing momentum with her arms. This is, naturally, as expected for a quad.

Akatieva on the other hand looks like she's taking a walk in the park, with absolutely no swing momentum with the arms at all(Surprisingly rare! Feel free to check other juniors' triples, most do swing, Trusova included) and as usual, seemingly no effort put into the jump(It also is 2:45 into the program). Still, this 3S is quite a bit faster rotated than Trusova's quad. As always, jumping a triple is completely different from actually trying to jump a quad so you can't really compare, but I have to imagine she would be able to get a little more air time with some more effort or swing momentum put into it. I just don't understand how she makes these jumps look so easy and effortless like she would have a lot more in store.

Next season, Akatieva's at an age where skaters like Tarakanova, Gubanova etc. first took part in the Cup of Russia events and attempted to qualify for Russian junior nationals. And I can't help but start wondering / daydreaming a little - As those are already junior level events, might it be possible we would already see 3As and quads there? Even in the junior nationals.... Well, that'd be quite the accomplishment at the age of 11. And if she in fact does manage to get the quads / 3As, could she actually place surprisingly high during the junior nationals? Even medal?

Well, perhaps that's me getting ahead of myself... But just slightly.
 
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