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Adelina Sotnikova to miss Russia Figure Skating Championships

Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia celebrates her gold medal in ladies’ figure skating at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

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Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova will miss the Russian Championships next week, according to R-Sport.

Sotnikova also sat out the Grand Prix season with a torn ankle ligament from early November.

She hasn’t competed in top-level international competition since her surprise gold over Yuna Kim in Sochi. Sotnikova became the first woman to win Olympic figure skating gold with zero prior World Championships medals.

Russia can send three women to the World Championships in Shanghai in March. They have plenty of medal contenders outside Sotnikova.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Yelena Radionova went one-two at last weekend’s Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, the second-biggest international competition of the season behind Worlds.

Countrywomen Anna Pogorilaya and Yulia Lipnitskaya were fourth and fifth at the Grand Prix Final.

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