Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova will miss not only this week’s Rostelecom Cup but also the NHK Trophy figure skating competition on Thanksgiving weekend due to a torn ankle ligament, according to reports.
Sotnikova’s injured leg is in plaster, and she will have to wear a cast for three weeks, according to R-Sport. The 18-year-old hasn’t competed in top-level international competition since winning gold in Sochi.
It was announced Friday that Sotnikova would miss this week’s Rostelecom Cup.
In Sochi, Sotnikova became the first woman to win Olympic figure skating gold with zero prior World Championships medals, giving her more to prove in her follow-up season than perhaps any champion before her.
Sotnikova won a minor event in Russia last month. She hopes to compete at the Russian Championships, Dec. 24-29, according to The Associated Press.
She was ninth at the 2013 World Championships.
The only Olympic singles skating champions to compete in a Grand Prix series event the following season were Russian Alexei Yagudin in 2002 (withdrew after the Skate America short program) and Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu at Cup of China this weekend.
Hanyu collided with another skater during his free skate warm-up Saturday (video here), bled from his chin, fell five times in his performance and finished second.