Yulia Efimova, Russian swimmer
Yulia Efimova is a Russian swimmer, world champion, three-time European champion, Honored Master of Sports of Russia. She competed for Russia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. In London she won the bronze medal in the 200 meters Breaststroke.
Yulia was born on April 3, 1992 in Grozny, Chechnya. Her grandparents met there and gave birth to a son Andrei, who became a father of the future champion. Andrei and his family moved from Chechnya, when the war began. Yulia was only two years old when she came to Volgodonsk, where she began to swim. But no matter where Yulia was born and grew up, she would certainly become an athlete. Because she was born into a sporty family: her grandmother cycled and even took part in the national championships, her father worked in the swimming pool and often took the daughter with him. The father became Yulia’s first coach. 13-year-old Yulia moved to Taganrog, where she was trained by the honored coach of Russia Irina Vyatchanina. In March 2011, the swimmer went to the U.S., where she trains with David Salo in California.
In 2008, Efimova was recognized as the best swimmer of the country by the All-Russian Swimming Federation and “Discovery of the Year”.
– The Medal of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” II degree (13 August 2012) – for outstanding contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high athletic achievements at the XXX Olympic Games 2012 in London (UK).
– Honored Master of Sports of Russia (April 5, 2010)
– Diploma of the President of the Russian Federation (19 July 2013) – for outstanding athletic achievement at the XXVII World Summer University Games 2013 in Kazan.
– Honorary Citizen of the city of Volgodonsk (4 June 2008).
At 15th FINA World Championships, which was held in Barcelona (Spain), Efimova won the silver medal and Ruta Meilutyte became a gold medalist (Swimming Women’s 100m Breaststroke).