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Torn ligament knocks Sotnikova out of Grand Prix

Olympic gold medalist suffered ankle injury in practice last week
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Adelina Sotnikova has not competed internationally since winning the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. -Getty Images

The Russian ladies have been dominating the Grand Prix, but the most prominent one of them all will sit out the series entirely.

Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova will skip both of her Grand Prix assignments -- the Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy -- after injuring her leg and tearing an ankle ligament in practice last week, R-Sport reported Sunday.

Sotnikova told the news service that while doing a run-thought last Thursday, she was practicing her flip, and when she landed, she felt something snap in her leg and immediately fell to the ice. An MRI revealed a small ligament tear.

Sotnikova's leg is wrapped in plaster and will be in a cast for three weeks. Her coach, Elena Buianova, told R-Sport that Sotnikova is scheduled to meet with a German physician this Wednesday, to evaluate the inury and offer a timetable for the skater's recovery.

Maria Stavitskaia has replaced Sotnikova at this week's Grand Prix in Moscow. No replacement has been announced yet for NHK.

Sotnikova said that she hopes to be ready to compete at Russian nationals at the end of December.