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Olesya Kovalenko, sumo wrestler

Olesya Kovalenko, sumo wrestler

Olesya Kovalenko, sumo wrestler


Olesya Kovalenko is an International Master of Sports in Judo and Sambo, sumo wrestler, Champion of Russia, Europe and the World, winner of the World Games in Japan. Two-time winner of the World Games 2001, the winner of the World Games 2005, seven-time world champion, silver medalist at the 2008 World Championships, 16-time European champion, 13-time champion of Russia – she is a great woman!
Olesya was born on January 17, 1975 in Ufa, USSR. Since her childhood the girl wanted to do sports because her father was a weightlifter and her mother was a skier. Olesya dreamed about figure skating! But she was too heavy for this sport. She was engaged in basketball, later in judo. When Olesya was 13 years old her family moved to Kursk.
In 1998 she moved to Moscow. After several injuries the girl decided to try her hand as a sumo wrestler. Olesya went to the World Championship held in Germany and won a bronze medal!

In 2000 she became the winner of the European Championship in Poland (Krakow) and World Cup in Brazil (Sao Paulo).
In 2001 Olesya took the first place at the European Championship in the Netherlands and at the World Games in Japan (Akita).
In 2002 she won the first prize at the World Cup, Poland (Wroclaw).
In the following year she became first at the European Championship, Germany (Reese).
In 2005 at the World Games in Germany (Duisburg) she took the second place.
2006 – 1st place at the European Championship, Germany (Reese).
2006 – 1st place at the World Cup, Japan (Osaka).
2007 – 1st place at the European Championships, Hungary (Budapest) and at the World Cup, Thailand (Chiang Mai).
2008 – 1st place at the European Championship, Poland (Krotoszyn) and at the World Championship, Estonia (Rakvere).
2009 – 1st place at the European Championship, Switzerland (Renan).
2010 – 2nd place at the European Championship, Bulgaria (Varna).
2012 – 1st place at the European Championship, Ukraine (Lutsk) and 2nd place at the World Cup, Hong Kong.
2013 – 1st place at the European Championship, Poland (Warsaw).
Sumo wrestler has no right to enter the struggle with negative emotions. According to Japanese belief, the wrestler’s body has the ability to bring health to others and even heal their ailments. So the more he weighs, the better.
Olesya is a police captain. The girl has a lot of hobbies: diving, fishing, skiing, skating, traveling, horseback riding.
Kovalenko Olesya sumo wrestler

Olesya – strong Russian girl

Kovalenko Olesya sumo wrestler

Olesya – strong Russian girl

Kovalenko Olesya sumo wrestler

Olesya – sumo wrestler


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