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Adelina Sotnikova sets return to figure skating competition


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Olympic figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova is set to compete for the second time since her upset win in Sochi at a small event in Russia next month, according to reports quoting her coach.

Sotnikova, 19, competed once last fall, also in a small Russian event, before ending her season early due to an ankle injury.

Her 2015-16 season debut is set in Samara, Russia, from Sept. 17-21, according to Russian media.

Sotnikova was the only skater on the eight-woman Russian national team who was not given an assignment in the elite-level Grand Prix series, which starts with Skate America in Milwaukee from Oct. 23-25. She could still be added for the Russian stop of that series, the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, from Nov. 20-22.

Sotnikova is the only Olympic women’s figure skating champion who did not previously win an Olympic or World Championships medal.

In Sotnikova’s absence, countrywoman Elizaveta Tuktamysheva won the World Championship in March.

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