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Anastasia Kuzmina –Olympic Champion

Anastasia Kuzmina

Anastasia Kuzmina –Olympic Champion. RIA Novosti

Anastasia Kuzmina (nee Shipulina) is a Russian and Slovak biathlete, two-time Olympic sprint champion (2010 and 2014), multiple winner of continental championships and the Junior World Championships, world-class athlete, 2009 World Championship silver medalist, two-time European champion. She won the first gold medal for Slovakia at Winter Olympics in 2010.
Anastasia was born on August 28, 1984 in Tyumen, Russia. She and her brother Anton Shipulin entered a sports school of Olympic reserve. Their coach was honored coach of Russia Nadezhda Kovrizhnykh.
15-year-old girl was involved in biathlon. Sergei Shestov became her coach.
At 2004 Biathlon European Championships in Minsk Anastasia was the best. In the following year she took the first place at the European Championships, held in Novosibirsk. In 2006 she won the sprint at the European Cup in Austria.
Nastya graduated from the Tyumen Law Institute.

In 2007 Anastasia became the wife of an Israeli skier with Russian roots Daniel Kuzmin. In summer she gave birth to a son Elisei.
But why a Russian athlete has decided to defend the national colors of Slovakia?
In 2008 Anastasia wanted to return to the Russian national team, but there wasn’t place for her. So she and her husband decided to continue skiing for the Slovakia national team.
In February 2009 Kuzmina won a silver medal at the World Championships in the Korean city of Pyeongchang.
On February 28 and March 1, 2009 she won the sprint and pursuit race at the European Championship held in Ufa.
Despite the fact that she injured her left hand just two months before the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver Anastasia managed to become Olympic champion in the sprint. And three days later she won the silver medal in the 10 km pursuit race. In the same 2010, in December, Kuzmina won her first gold medal at the World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria.
She became Best Slovakia Female Athlete 2010.
On February 9, 2014 Anastasia Kuzmina won the first place in the sprint at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
“In Russia, I would not have won the Olympic gold” she said.
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Anastasia Kuzmina –Olympic Champion