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Adelina Sotnikova to miss World Championships

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Adelina Sotnikova of Russia arrives for a news conference after she won the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Sotnikova placed first, followed by Kim and Kostner. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Olympic figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova will not compete in the World Championships in March, unsurprising news after she missed the fall Grand Prix season, the Russian Championships and the European Championships in January after tearing an ankle ligament in November.

Sotnikova, 18, hasn’t been in top-level international competition since winning gold in Sochi in February. The Russian was the first Olympic women’s figure skating champion with no prior Olympic or World Championships medals.

Sotnikova’s coach did not give a reason why Sotnikova won’t compete the rest of this season, according to The Associated Press.

In December, Sotnikova was named an alternate for the Russian team for the European Championships, Jan. 29-31 in Stockholm. But she did not get bumped up to the team.

The Russian team for the World Championships is expected to include the three women who swept the European Championships podium -- Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Yelena Radionova and Anna Pogorilaya.

The U.S. team -- Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds -- will try to break up a potential second-ever single-nation sweep of a Worlds or Olympic women’s podium. The first time it happened was in 1991 -- Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.

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