Galina Kulakova

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Galina Kulakova
Medal record
Women's cross country skiing
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Sapporo 5 km
Gold 1972 Sapporo 10 km
Gold 1972 Sapporo 3 x 5 km
Gold 1976 Innsbruck 4 x 5 km
Silver 1968 Grenoble 5 km
Silver 1980 Lake Placid 4 x 5 km
Bronze 1968 Grenoble 3 x 5 km
Bronze 1976 Innsbruck 10 km
Disqualified 1976 Innsbruck 5 km
World Championships
Gold 1970 Vysoké Tatry 5 km
Gold 1970 Vysoké Tatry 3 x 5 km
Gold 1974 Falun 5 km
Gold 1974 Falun 10 km
Gold 1974 Falun 4 x 5 km
Silver 1980 Falun 20 km
Silver 1982 Oslo 4 x 5 km
Bronze 1970 Vysoké Tatry 10 km
Bronze 1978 Lahti 4 x 5 km

Galina Alexeyevna Kulakova (Russian: Гали́на Алексе́евна Кулако́ва) (born April 29, 1942 in Logachi village, Votkinsky District, Udmurt ASSR) is a female Soviet former cross country skier, arguably the best skier on distances shorter than 10 km in the early 1970s. Kulakova trained at Trud Voluntary Sports Society. She won four Olympic golds, two individual in 1972 and two relay golds in 1972 and 1976. She was the most successful athlete at the 1972 Winter Olympics, along with Ard Schenk of the Netherlands. Competing in the World Championships, she won three individual golds, two in 1974 and one in 1970, and also two relay golds in those years. Kulakova also won the 10 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1970 and 1979. Galina Kulakova was also 39 times Champion of the USSR between 1969 and 1981.

For her achievements she was awarded Order of Lenin and Badge of Honor. She was also awarded the silver Olympic Order in 1984 by the International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Galina Kulakova ended her sports career in 1982.

Drug controversy[edit]

At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Kulakova finished 3rd in the 5 km event, but was disqualified due to taking a nasal spray that contained the banned substance ephedrine. Both the FIS and the IOC allowed her to compete in both the 10 km and the 4x5 km relay.