We won’t be seeing Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova at the World Championships in Shanghai this year at all.
The 18-year-old Russian skater, who skated to gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, is taking off the season, according to ESPN.
However, despite tearing an ankle ligament in November 2014, Adelina is still competing on Dancing With The Stars Russia with pro dancer Gleb Savchenko.
“Although, I’m an athlete, I’m still worried,” Adelina wrote on Instagram with a shot of the dancing duo in the studio.
She added, “It’s a very different sport, but it’s great when your partner glebsavchenkoofficial always supports you.”
Japanese skater Mao Asada dresses up in green as Princess Anna from Frozen, next to her older sister Mai as Queen Elsa during THE ICE 2014 held at the White Ring on Saturday night (July 19) in Nagano, Japan.
The 23- and 26-year-old skating siblings joined the rest of the cast including champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Jeremy Abbott, Gracie Gold, Patrick Chan, Kanako Murakami, Olympic Ladie’s champion Adelina Sotnikova and Alex and Maia Shibutani.
After the show, they all celebrated Maia‘s 20th birthday!
“Happy Birthday @MaiaShibutani!!!! You’re the best room mate a girl could ask for ???????? #notateenageranymore #big20 #loveyouroomie,” Gracie tweeted.
Brother Alex added, “Wishing a very happy and special 20th birthday to my incredible sister, @MaiaShibutani! #HappyBirthdayMaia. Maia is one of the most kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and sophisticated people I will meet in my lifetime. #HappyBirthdayMaia.”
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Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova grabs a pic with bronze medalist Carolina Kostner and ice dancer Maia Shibutani during practice for Stars on Ice Japan late last week.
The 17-year-old figure skater joined her peers on the ice ahead of their first show in Sapporo.
“With beautiful girls???? @maiashibutani and Carolina ??,” Adelina captioned on her new, official Twitter and Instagram. She looks so happy to be there!
Also spotted on the ice and in the pics below: Maia‘s brother and ice dance partner, Alex Shibutani, silver medalist Patrick Chan, silver ice dance medalist Tessa Virtue and bronze medalist Denis Ten, among many others.
Alex added, “Day 1 of rehearsals is in the books! Gonna be an awesome show. Love this cast. #SOIJapan.”
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Gracie Gold flies high into the air during the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Saturday night (February 22) in Sochi, Russia.
The 18-year-old figure skater, who placed fourth overall in the ladie’s competition, skated alongside medalists Adelina Sotnikova, Yuna Kim and Carolina Kostner as well as Canada’s Patrick Chan, who picked up the silver medal in the men’s and team competitions.
“Thanks for the memories Sochi! I’ve had the time of my life,” Gracie wrote on Twitter ahead of the closing ceremonies after the gala.
A few days before the gala, Patrick was spotted at McDonald’s Cheers to Sochi Kiosk in the Athlete Village to read good luck messages sent from fans.
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White take center ice for the last time during the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Saturday night (February 22) in Sochi, Russia.
The Ice Dance champions posed with fellow gold medalists Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar (pairs), Adelina Sotnikova (ladies) and Yuzuru Hanyu (mens) after the show.
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“I wish I could tell every story… But as you can see I brought a banana to the hockey game so it’s obviously complicated… Loving every moment!!!” Charlie captioned on Instagram during the last days of the games, commemorating his experiences.
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Russia’s Adeline Sotnikova wraps herself in her country’s flag alongside Korea’s Yuna Kim and Italy’s Carolina Kostner, after winning the gold medal during the ladie’s free skate at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday night (February 20) in Sochi, Russia.
Adelina, 17, was passed over for the team event where Russia won gold with sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya — she ended up 5th, overall.
“I really wanted to participate in the team competition because I understood that we would win a medal because our team is so strong,” Adelina shared with press afterwards. “When I found out I was not in the team, I felt so sorry and I felt offended. I felt so cheated in a way. Anyway, I still had my goal to show this skating, the one that I did today. Maybe it is all for the best that I didn’t compete in the team competition and it was an advantage for me that it made me so mad to win the gold medal.”
Team USA’s Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds were strong on the ice, with only a few falls on jumps between them. They all ended up in the top ten — Gracie, 4th, Ashley, 7th and Polina, 9th.
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