Having last competed at the Russian National Championships in December 2017, former World Championship medalist Elena Radionova officially announced her retirement from competitive skating on Tuesday.
Radionova came to prominence in the 2012-2013 season when she made her international junior debut. After winning the Junior Grand Prix Final the young Russian took the silver medal in the senior event at the national championships – finishing ahead of future Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova.
After winning two consecutive World Junior Championships (in 2013 and 2014), Radionova went on to have a solid start on the international senior stage with two straight silver medals at the European Championships and a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships.
From 2016 onwards the Russian struggled to keep up with another rising star from her native country – Evgenia Medvedeva, whom she had won the World Junior Championship against in 2014. She has also been plagued with injuries and withdrew from both Grand Prix events that she was scheduled to take part in during the 2018-2019 season due to a back injury.
Radionova retires at the age of 21, having represented CSKA Moscow for the entirety of her career – first coached by Inna Goncharenko and in the later years by Elena Buianova.
Elena Radionova’s translated post on Instagram:
Now I am finally ready to say what I have not dared to say for so long. Perhaps for some it will not be news, but still I want to say about it officially!
I am ending my sports career. The time has come when you need to open a new page in life.
I want to express my deep gratitude to my fans and people who supported me.
Also say THANKS to my coaches, choreographers and people who worked with me! Thanks for making me! Without you, I would not have achieved such results!
Thanks to my parents who supported and believed in me!
Many thanks to everyone !!!
Figure skating will forever remain in my heart. This is how I lived. It taught me how to cope with difficulties, gave me willpower, exciting emotions and invaluable experience.
I miss our entire big ice skating family! It was an incredibly cool time that I will remember only with love and awe.
Finally, it’s time to move on, to conquer new heights that will be no less interesting! I promise not to move away from figure skating. Now I will appear in a new role for me. I really want to share my rich experience with the younger generation.
I am discovering a new chapter in my life, which will be no less exciting and interesting.
I love you very much.
Your Elena Radionova❤️💃🏼