Adelina Sotnikova took part in Russian test skates 2016 in Sochi, showed new programs and then accepted the offer to participate in the show “Ice Age” on Russian First tv-channel. In this show professional figure skaters skate in pairs with popular actors/singers etc. I think that was an unpleasant news for Adelina’s fans who still hope that Sotnikova will return to sport.
Alexander Lakernik commented on this situation:
Participation in this show involves a long period of time when the athlete particularly doesn’t train. In case with Adelina everything depends on her desire and her health. At the test skates in Sochi I saw in which shape she is. In terms of jumps her level is not so far from her best shape. In terms of spins, she has problems with her back, and desire to participate in “Ice Age” can be connected with this fact, for not to have a big load, and this can bring some benefits.
Because If back continues to hurt it’ll be very difficult for her to compete at the level she used to. If continue to skate, fighting with pain, nothing good will come. It is necessary to wait, but after the break it will be very difficult to return. However, anything can happen. Let’s see what Carolina Kostner will show after a very long break. Sotnikova, albeit not very well, but still participated in the competitions last season. – Lakernik said
Her partner in “Ice Age” is Alexander Sokolovsky, an actor famous for his role in the youth series about hockey.
Adelina Sotnikova and Alexander Sokolovsky week 1
So, is this the end? Will we ever see Adelina competing at major international competitions again? I do understand why Maxim Trankov accepted this offer. Tatiana is waiting for a baby, she can’t train and Max can’t skate in shows alone. “Ice age” gives him an opportunity to earn some good money being not far from his wife. The situation with Adelina is quite different…….So, she won’t participate in Russian Nationals? Because let’s be honest, skating in a show with not professional skater it’s not the same with systematic preparation for important tournament…….I’m really upset(