Irina Skvortsova – Russian bobsledder
Irina Skvortsova was born on July 17, 1988 in Moscow. Since her childhood, she was actively involved in sports, took part in Junior World Championships as a runner.
After graduating from school in 2005 she entered the Moscow State University of Physical Culture, Sport, Youth and Tourism. In 2008 she decided to try her hand in the bobsled and was selected as a part of the Moscow experimental team “Sochi- 2014”.
However, her career as a bobsledder did not last long. Skvortsova was seriously injured during a training incident in Germany. She narrowly escaped death in a terrible accident on the track. On November 23, 2009 during a training run, Russian women’s team tipped over in the sled and stopped, after which the Russian men’s team crashed into them from behind at full speed on a bobsleigh track in Koenigssee.
Skvortsova was taken to the University Hospital in Munich, where she spent four months and had more than fifty complex operations. Doctors planned to amputate the leg. She was kept in an induced coma for nearly two months after the accident.
On March 27, 2010 Skvortsova was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Chiemsee for further treatment. In September she flew from Germany to Russia, right from the airport, she was sent to the Federal Medical and Biophysical Center for further rehabilitation.
In February 2011, Irina was able to come to the track in Koenigssee to support Russian national team at the World Cup.
In 2012 Skvortsova graduated from Russian State University of Physical Culture.
After an incident Irina retired from professional sport and now works in television.
Skvortsova was one of the first torchbearers of the Olympic Winter Games in 2014. At the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Irina Skvortsova was among the honored guests and was sitting near Russian President Vladimir Putin.