Can’t say that it was unexpected, but here’s an announcement that Adelina Sotnikova is to skip the season 2017-2018.
That’s what her coach Evgeni Plushenko said:
This season Adelina Sotnikova won’t compete due to injury. We all hoped that we would heal this injury, but, unfortunately, it did not happen. Injury still bothers, we don’t have full practices, in such situation it’s not right to go to competitions.
Now it’s necessary to heal the injury which still exists due to the fact that, unfortunately, diagnosis was incorrect. Adelina has not recovered, and this injury bothers her. She had a rupture of the ligament (ankle) and a bone fracture in the foot. First we thought that Adelina will quickly recover from this injury. Initially, they didn’t give her a cast, and in general a completely different diagnosis was made.
And a comment from Tarasova:
I really love Adelina. She skates beautifully. But now women’s single skating is completely different. She will never compete, I don’t believe in it. I would like to be wrong, but, unfortunately, I am always right in such things. I would like to see Adelina, but, unfortunately, the reality is that she will not compete.
I do not play these games anymore. They play, but I do not. I’m not interested. I am a serious person, I understand what sports, training, competitions are. And I do not understand why they are playing. They are outstanding athletes, Olympic champions. Why? She skates well, she has show, they have their school? What to expect, when people are skating absolutely differently now?
We look forward to the future. I do not see Adeline there. It’s just even ridiculous. I can not say more on this topic, it makes me laugh. How long have we waited for Zhenya, now for Adelina? It’s not serious.