Over a month ago, 2014 Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova started her own figure skating school – Sotka School. Today, the former athlete celebrated its official opening.
The opening took place at the ice skating rink Morozovo, in Moscow, and was attended by the general director of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, Alexander Kogan.
An opening master class was taught by Sotnikova herself and fun activities followed for children, while the staff answered questions about the school. Sotnikova also received an award from Kogan, on behalf of the Russian figure skating federation, “for outstanding achievements in the sport.”
The first Russian lady to win an Olympic gold medal, Sotnikova coaches a couple groups herself. In a country with many respected and accomplished figure skating coaches, 24-year-old Sotnikova is taking on the challenge of bringing up her own students to become contenders among the world’s very best.
While speaking to reporters, the former champion said that she is hoping that Sotka School will be able to rival current top programs like Khrustalny (note – Eteri Tutberidze’s school) and Angels of Plushenko (note – Evgeny Plushenko’s school).
Joining the former athlete at Sotka School are Fedor Klimov – former pairs skater who won gold and silver medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics – as well as respected coach Olga Kolchanova.
In an Instagram post on August 8, the Sotka School advertised that classes are affordable and range from 10,000 rubles (over $125 USD) to 15,000 rubles (under $200 USD) per month. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 will train at the school.
In addition to an Olympic gold medal, Sotnikova has won two European Championship silver medals, was the 2011 World Junior champion, and is a four-time Russian National champion. Her last competition was in December 2015, when she took 6th place at the Russian National Championship. She officially retired as an athlete in March of this year.