Yuliya Chepalova, cross-country skier
Yuliya Chepalova is a Russian cross-country skier, Honored Master of Sports of Russia. Moreover, she is a champion of the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games. By the way, she is the only Russian skier of the first decade of the XXI century, who managed to win the World Cup (season 2000/01).
She was born on December 23, 1976 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Chepalova started to ski as soon as she began to walk. Her father was a cross-country skiing coach.
By the way, Yuliya made her debut in 1986. Chepalova is currently affiliated with Dynamo Moscow.
Now she lives in Syktyvkar with her second husband, Vassili Rotchev and her daughter Olesya, and their daughter Vaselina who was born in February 2007.
The athlete had success at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, with golds in the 4.5 km (2001) and 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuits (2005), silvers in the 4.5 km and 10 km freestyle (both 2005), and bronzes in the Individual sprint (2001) and Team sprint (2005).
Chepalova won the women’s 30 km at the Holmenkollen ski festival three times (1999, 2004, and 2006).
At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Chepalova won a complete set of medals with gold in the Individual sprint, silver in the 10 km classical, and bronze in the 15 km freestyle.
On July 21, 1998 she received the Order of Merit for outstanding achievement in sport, courage and heroism at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games. Then, on May 5, 2003 Chepalova was awarded Order Of Merit to the Fatherland – IV degree for high sports achievements at the Olympic Games 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Russian athlete repeatedly took part in a variety of beauty contests, and even won them. Also she starred for many glossy magazines.
Her first husband was skier Dmitri Lyashenko. They divorced in 2006.
Now she is married to famous Russian skier Vasily Rotchev.
Chepalova is a mother of three children: daughters Olesya (born in 2003) and Vaselina (born in 2007), sons Vasily (born in 2012) and Pavel and Alexei (born in February 2018).