Radionova to miss Junior Worlds
Russia’s Elena Radionova will miss the 2014 World Junior Championships that will be held in March in Sofia, Bulgaria, the official website of the Russian skating federation says.
Recently, the reigning world junior champion missed the national junior championships, which took place from January 23 – 25 in Saransk, due to foot injury.
Thus, the Russian team in the ladies figure skating in Sofia will be presented by 2014 national junior champion Serafima Sakhanovich and two other strong skaters: Maria Sotskova and Alexandra Proklova.
Elena Radionova made her senior international skating debut at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany. Placing first in both programs, she took the gold and attained a new personal best score of 188.21 points, which was more than 25 points ahead of two-time world champion Miki Ando of Japan.
The 2013 Skate America was Elena’s first senior Grand Prix event. She placed third in the short program with a personal best score of 67.01, fourth in the free skate, and won the bronze medal overall.
At her next event, the 2013 NHK Trophy, she won the silver medal with an overall score of 191.81 points, while Japan’s Mao Asada won the gold. Radionova’s results qualified her to her first Grand Prix Final. She finished fourth overall at the event behind Ashley Wagner in Fukuoka, Japan.
Last December Radionova won the bronze medal at the 2014 Russian national championships after placing third in both the short and long program.