Olena Pidhrushna

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Olena Pidhrushna
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Personal information
Full name Olena Pidhrushna
Born (1987-01-09) 9 January 1987 (age 28)
Legnica, Poland
Height 175
Professional information
Club Kolos, Dynamo
Skis Fisher
World Cup debut 2 March 2007
Retired 23 March 2014
Olympic Games
Teams 2 (2010, 2014)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 4 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Medals 3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 7 (2006/07, 2008/09–2013/14)
Individual wins 1
Individual podiums 5
Updated on 23 March 2014.

Olena Pidhrushna (Ukrainian: Олена Михайлівна Підгрушна; born 9 January 1987) is a retired Ukrainian biathlete.

Career[edit]

She represented Ukraine at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[1] She lives in Ternopil.

Pidhrushna took a hat-trick of medals at the 2013 Biathlon World Championships, where she won the gold in the sprint, was part of the women's relay team which won silver, and secured a bronze in the pursuit. For these achievements she was named as Ukraine's best sportswoman of 2013.[2] Together with Juliya Dzhyma, Valj Semerenko and Vita Semerenko she won the gold medal in the Women's relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. Pidhrushna took a break in her sport career at the end of the 2013-14 season, and was subsequently appointed Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports in the Ukrainian government.[2] But on November 30, 2014, she gave an interview for biathlon.com.ua, in which she stated: "I took break in my sport career for a decree only. I can't do anything before the time the child will be born... so I must do something... I want fans to understand my decision and wait. I hope to be back in future, after the child will be born..."[3]

Performances[edit]

Level Year Event IN SP PU MS RL MRL
JBWCH 2005 Finland Kontiolahti, Finland 12 24 32 7
JBWCH 2006 United States Presque Isle, USA 3 17 12 7
EBCH 2006 Germany Langdorf, Germany 18 31 DNF 4
JBWCH 2007 Italy Martell, Italy 26 6 12 10
EBCH 2007 Bulgaria Bansko, Bulgaria 5 4 5 2
JBWCH 2008 Germany Ruhpolding, Germany 15 34 31 6
EBCH 2008 Czech Republic Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic 7 4 11 4
BWCH 2009 South Korea Pyeongchang, South Korea 16 DNF
EBCH 2009 Russia Ufa, Russia 9 1
OLY 2010 Canada Vancouver, Canada 32 18 21 12 6
EBCH 2010 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 13 2
EBCH 2011 Italy Ridanna, Italy 2 1
BWCH 2011 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 24 31 19 24 DSQ
EBCH 2012 Slovakia Osrblie, Slovakia 1 1 1
BWCH 2012 Germany Ruhpolding, Germany 14 6
BWCH 2013 Czech Republic Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic 11 1 3 11 2
OLY 2014 Russia Sochi, Russia 8 26 22 7 1

World Cup[edit]

Podiums[edit]

Season Place Competition Placement
2008–09 Germany Oberhof, Germany Relay 1
2010–11 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Relay 2
2010–11 Slovenia Pokljuka, Slovenia Mixed relay 2
2011–12 Finland Kontiolahti, Finland Mixed relay 2
2012–13 Sweden Östersund, Sweden Sprint 2
2012–13 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Relay 2
2012–13 Germany Oberhof, Germany Relay 1
2012–13 Italy Antholz, Italy Pursuit 2
2012–13 Russia Sochi, Russia Relay 2
2013–14 Sweden Östersund, Sweden Mixed relay 3
2013–14 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Relay 1
2013–14 France Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France Relay 2
2013–14 Germany Oberhof, Germany Sprint 3

Positions[edit]

Season Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass starts TOTAL
2008–09 28 70 52 52
2009–10 15 31 32 26 29
2010–11 21 29 26 27 26
2011–12 10 36 51 30 32
2012–13 19 8 4 14 8
2013–14 22 19 34 31 28

Personal life[edit]

Pidhrushna married Oleksiy Kayda on 26 May 2013.[4] Kayda is a member of Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) for the party Svoboda.[5] According to Pidhrushna her husband was attacked in December 2013 by "provocateurs" during the Euromaidan demonstrations.[6] During the awarding ceremony after her victory in women's relay in Hochfilzen (08/12/2013) she and other Ukrainian biathletes shouted "For Maidan".[6] Pidhrushna gained at a news conference after her women's relay victory at the 2014 Winter Olympics a minute's silence in memory of the people who died in Kiev in the February 2014 Euromaidan riots.[7]

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