Olesya Kovalenko, sumo wrestler
Olesya Kovalenko is an International Master of Sports in Judo and Sambo, sumo wrestler. You know, she is a two-time champion of Europe in judo, honored master of sports of Russia, nine-time world champion, twenty-three-time European champion and fourteen-time champion of Russia in sumo. She is a great woman!
Awesome girl was born on January 17, 1975 in Ufa, USSR. Since her childhood the girl wanted to do sports because of her parents. Her mother was fond of skiing in her youth and even was a champion of Bashkiria in cross-country skiing. And her father was a weightlifter. To tell the truth, Olesya dreamed about figure skating! However, she was too heavy for this sport. She was engaged in basketball, later in judo. When the girl was 13 years old her family moved to Kursk.
Here are her results in judo. Olesya took the 1st place at the European Olympic Youth Festival in Belgium (Brussels) in 1991. A year later she was the first at the International Cadet Championship in Germany. Then she took the 1st place at the Russian Youth Championship and the European Junior Championships in Netherlands in 1993. And in 1997 she was the second at the International Championship in Belarus.
In 1998 she moved to Moscow. After several injuries the girl decided to try her hand as a sumo wrestler. So 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 the World Cup in Brazil (Sao Paulo).
Later, 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).
The following year she became the first at the European Championship in Germany (Reese).
At the World Games in Germany (Duisburg) she took the second place in 2005.
Besides, in 2006, the girl was the first at the European Championship in Germany (Reese) and at the World Cup in Japan (Osaka).
Strong girl took the 1st place at the European Championships in Hungary (Budapest) and at the World Cup in Thailand (Chiang Mai) in 2007.
In 2008 she was the 1st place at the European Championship in Poland (Krotoszyn) and at the World Championship in Estonia (Rakvere).
A year later she was the first at the European Championship in Switzerland (Renan).
Moreover, in 2010, Olesya took the 2nd place at the European Championship in Bulgaria (Varna).
In 2012 she was the 1st at the European Championship in Ukraine (Lutsk) and the 2nd at the World Cup in Hong Kong.
And in 2013 Kovalenko took the 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.