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Olympic Figure Skating Women Gold Medalists

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Adelina Sotnikova - 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Adelina Sotnikova - 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Adelina Sotnikova - 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

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Take a journey through Olympic figure skating history and learn a bit about each ice skating "queen" who has been crowned in gold at the Winter Olympic Games.

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On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Adelina Sotnikova won the ladies Olympic figure skating title and became the first Russian lady to win Olympic figure skating gold.  Russia qualified to send only two ladies to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  There had been some concern that Sotnikova would not be sent to the Olympics after she lost the European figure skating title to her teammate Julia Lipnitskaia and also after her 9th place finish at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.  

Sotnikova won the Russian national figure skating title four times, in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014.  Her rise to the top came quickly after she won the 2011 World Junior Figure Skating title, the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final, and won silver at the 2012 Youth Olympics.

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