Svetlana Zhurova – Russian skater
Svetlana Zhurova is a Soviet and Russian skater, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (1996), deputy of the State Duma, five-time Russian champion, world champion, Olympic champion (in 2006 she was one of the three Olympic champions in speed skating in the history of Russia, along with Svetlana Bazhanova and Alexander Golubev).
The future champion was born on January 7, 1972 in Leningrad Region (now St Petersburg), Russia. Since childhood Svetlana was fond of figure skating but there was small choice of sports clubs in her hometown. So she was actively involved in speed skating.
From 1988 to 2006 she was a member of the national team of the USSR and Russia in speed skating.
In 1984 Svetlana won her first medal at the championship of Leningrad among young girls.
During the 1994/1995 season she became the first Russian skater who managed to take the third place at the World Cup.
In 1995-1996 Svetlana won gold at the World Championships. In 1997 and 1998 she became a silver medalist at the World Championships.
In 1996 Zhurova became the world champion in speed skating (500 meters) and was awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
However, at the Winter Olympics in Nagano in February 1998 Svetlana took only 9th place in the short sprint.
At the World Championship in Calgary on March 27, 1998 she won the silver medal.
In 1999, Svetlana graduated from the Academy of Physical Culture.
In January 2006, she won gold at the World Championships in Heerenveen. A month later, in February, Svetlana won the gold medal in speed skating at the Winter Olympics in Turin.
She is not only a great athlete. In 1995 Svetlana worked as a jail guard and was appointed lieutenant colonel.
In December 2007, Zhurova was elected to the State Duma of the Russian Federation and moved to Moscow.
In March 2012 Svetlana became a presenter of the TV program and a sports columnist at the radio station Echo of Moscow.
Zhurova was a mayor of the Olympic Village during the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
European Union added her name to sanctions list and on December 20, 2014 Svetlana was included in the Canadian sanctions list.
In the spring of 2000 Zhurova started dating tennis player Artem Chernenko. Their marriage took place in summer 2001. On November 20, 2003 Svetlana gave birth to a son Yaroslav. On April 17, 2009 their second son Ivan was born. Unfortunately the couple divorced.
There were rumors that Svetlana had a love affair with Albert, Prince of Monaco. In fact, they are just friends. The Russian girl met Prince at the Olympics, where he participated in bobsled competitions and wanted to get an autograph. As a result, athletes became friends.