Adelina Sotnikova
Adelina Sotnikova


July 1, 1996
Moscow, Russia

Adelina Sotnikova (born July 1, 1996) is a Russian figure skater. Despite being born on July 1, 1996, she does not meet the minimum age on the Apprentice for season 5 of Ben and Toad's Contest, along with Zendaya. She won gold in the women's singles event in figure skating during the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. She won a silver medal at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria at the age of 15 in girls' singles figure skating behind another Russian, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.

The rules require for the Championships, the Grand Prix and the other figure skating events are by the Figure Skating Union that they need to turn 13 before July 1 into the previous year, but Sotnikova was born on July 1, 1996. She was too young for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (only 13), not age eligible for the Senior Grand Prix for 2011, and Junior World Championships in 2010.


Adelina Sotnikova in Sochi

Sotnikova was born two and a half weeks before the 1996 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies occurred in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States.

Sochi 2014

Sotnikova competed in Sochi on home soil at the age of 17.

The conversation talking between her and Kim's result was shocked that she won over Yuna Kim of South Korea and Carolina Kostner of Italy. Kim Yuna would have gotten gold if she had like more than 6 points.

She said that she is skipping and also not going to the 2014 Figure Skating World Championships because of her surprising gold over defending Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea. She is not going to the Worlds in Saitama, Japan, along with Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Tatiana Voloszhar, Maxim Trankov, and other figure skaters that were age eligible for the Olympics.

Ben and Toad's Contest

Sotnikova was announced as a contestant on Ben and Toad's Contest Season 5 as Leah Remini's replacement. Along with Zendaya, they are both ineligible for the Apprentice since they need to be born before July 1, 1996 (she was born a few hours into July 1, 1996 in Moscow, Russia). In order to be a contestant on this season, they have to be born before July 1, 1999 (she was three).

Sotnikova will be substituted by Elizabeth Berkley Lauren in week 9 due to an ankle injury. She will be making a skating comeback during the 2015-16 season.