Silver Vilukhina – Biathlon Olympic Medal Winner
Olga Vilukhina is a Russian biathlete, silver medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games, World bronze medalist 2012.
She was born on March 22, 1988 in Mezhgorye. Her father Gennady Vilukhin works as an engineer in the construction company, the mother – Olga Viluhina is an operator in the boiler room. Olga has a sister Zlata, who is a software engineer. Olga’s favorite book is “Eleven Minutes” by Paolo Coelho.
Since 1998, Vilukhina was engaged in cross-country skiing, and in June 2004, the coach advised her to become a biathlete.
World championship among juniors in 2006 in American Presque Isle became first in Olga’s career. In the individual race, she took only 28th place, while she took gold in the sprint, bronze in the pursuit race and silver in the relay with teammates.
World Cup in Martello was not so successful for athlete. She won silver in the relay, but in the pursuit Olga took only the ninth place.
At the European Championship in Bansko Olga was able to achieve success only in the relay, she won the gold medal. In the individual race and sprint she was the seventh.
At the next two championships, she was succeeded only in relays: silver in Canmore and gold in Nove Mesto.
Most successful for Olga was Championship in Ufa, where she became four-time European Champion – she won gold medals in all four disciplines – sprint, pursuit, individual and relay races. This is an absolute record for the European Championships, which held since 1994.
After the victory Olga was invited to take part in the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. On March 27, 2009 she made her debut in the sprint race. She showed the sixth time among all athletes and it was the best time among Russian athletes.
After training in the mountains in Oberhof Olga fell ill and spent two weeks in the hospital.
Olga became the second in the sprint in Hydra (Sweden) and Ridnau Val Ridanna (Italy).
In Hochfilzen 2011 Vilukhina debuted as part of a mixed – relay team and won. At the next stage in Oberhof on January 4, 2012 she won again.
On March 4, 2012 at the World Championships in Ruhpolding Viluhina took the 3rd place in the pursuit.
On March 16, 2013 in Khanty-Mansiysk she was the second in the World Cup.
In the Olympic season Vilukhina became the only Russian woman to win a world championship medal.